Subject: In Town Pool Report #6

From: Debra Saunders
Date: January 16, 2020 at 2:26:42 PM EST
Subject: In Town Pool Report #6

From press office:

Today, on Religious Freedom Day ( , President Donald J. Trump welcomes students and religious freedom activists of many faiths to the Oval Office to discuss their experiences and to present his Administration’s latest actions to protect the religious freedoms of faith communities in America.


This morning, nine agencies (DOJ, USDA, DOL, DHS, VA, USAID, HHS, DoEd, and HUD) released proposed rules to ensure religious and non-religious organizations are treated equally by the federal government, and that organizations are not discriminated against simply because they are religious in nature.

As part of the rulemaking proposed by the Department of Education, its regulations would ensure that public institutions of higher education that receive Federal research or education grants comply with the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as a condition of those grants.


In addition, OMB has released a memo instructing grant-awarding agencies to ensure that the terms of the federal grants they award make clear that states (or other public grantees) may not condition federal grant money in sub-awards in a manner that would disadvantage grant applicants based on their religious character.

The following individuals are expected to attend:

The White House
President Donald J. Trump
Joe Grogan, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council
Tim Pataki, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Liaison
Jennifer Korn, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liaison
Jennie Lichter, Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy


Trump Administration
Secretary Betsy DeVos, U.S. Department of Education
Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, U.S. Department of Justice

External Participants
William McLeod, Student, Utah
Chase Windebank, Student, Colorado
Hannah Allen, Student, Texas
Malak Hijaz, Student, California
Emily Chaney, Student, Kentucky
Ariana Hoblin, Student, Florida
Joe Kennedy, Football Coach, Washington
Marilyn Rhames, Teachers Who Pray
Eric Buehrer, Gateways to Better Education
Dr. Addie Richburg, National Association of Faith and Justice



Debra J. Saunders
White House Correspondent
Las Vegas Review-Journal
529 14th Street Suite 994
Washington, D.C. 20045
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