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Hartzler Statement on Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue

June 30, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) issued the following statement after today’s Supreme Court’s decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue allowing students in Christian private schools and other religious schools to receive public scholarship funds available to the rest of the community.
 
“It’s past time the Supreme Court decided to put the Constitution over politically motivated jurisprudence. Today’s 5-4 decision is an important win for the preservation of our constitutional rights and our foundational principles. With this decision, the Supreme Court is upholding parents’ and students’ First Amendment right and protecting them from religious discrimination,” Hartzler said.
 
“No Christian school should face such overt discrimination and be blacklisted from scholarship funds and assistance programs. Taxpayer dollars designated for students should be available to all students in an equitable way, not just ones with a particular religious leaning or a lack thereof. Religion should never be a litmus test for whether a person has equal access to public funds.
 
“I applaud Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh for upholding the rule of law and ensuring that the faith community may continue to exercise their First Amendment rights without systemic discrimination,” Hartzler concluded.