US religious freedom commission reauthorized at last minute - 2011-12-17

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F0.png US religious freedom commission reauthorized at last minute December 17, 2011, Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency

A U.S. federal commission that works to support religious freedom around the world was reauthorized Dec. 16 by Congress through 2018, just hours before it was scheduled to go out of existence.

In a statement after the U.S. House vote on Dec. 16, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) described the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom as "a beacon of hope" for those whose religious liberty is under attack.

The latest extension was set to expire at 5 p.m. on Dec. 16. The commission had already begun winding down operations so it could close its doors by the end of the day, before it was reauthorized by Congress on the morning of Dec. 16.


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