|American Civil Liberties Union 2008 Senate Scorecard description
On Tuesday, March 10, 2009, the Senate def … On Tuesday, March 10, 2009, the Senate defeated an amendment offered by Senator Ensign (R-NV) that would have continued federal funding for private and religious school vouchers in the District of Columbia by a vote of 58-39. Senator Ensign attempted to attach his amendment to the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 (H.R. 1105). The Ensign Amendment would have removed requirements in the underlying legislation that mandate congressional reauthorization and approval by the D.C. government in order for the voucher program, the nation's first and only federally-funded private and religious school program of its kind, to receive federal funding after the 2009-2010 academic year. The ACLU opposed the Ensign Amendment because the federal government should not send taxpayer dollars to fund, directly or indirectly, the religious education of children. Additionally, federal funds should not be used to subsidize private and religious schools that do not have to comply with many federal, state and local civil rights laws. ederal, state and local civil rights laws.