Senate Bill 656
117th Congress(2021-2022)
Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2021
Introduced
Introduced
Introduced in Senate on Mar 10, 2021
Overview
Text
Sponsor
Introduced
Mar 10, 2021
Latest Action
Mar 10, 2021
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
656
Congress
117
Policy Area
Social Welfare
Social Welfare
Primary focus of measure is public assistance and Social Security programs; social services matters, including community service, volunteer, and charitable activities. Measures concerning such health programs as Medicare and Medicaid may fall under Health policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
South Carolina
Florida
Indiana
Louisiana
Louisiana
Mississippi
Mississippi
Missouri
Missouri
Arkansas
Nebraska
North Carolina
North Dakota
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Arkansas
Tennessee
No Senate votes have been held for this bill.
Summary

Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2021

This bill generally prohibits the federal government, states, tribal nations, or localities from discriminating or taking adverse action against a child welfare provider that declines to provide services due to the provider's sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions. However, government entities may still take adverse action against a provider that declines to provide adoption or foster care services based on race, color, or national origin.

The Department of Health and Human Services must withhold a portion of federal funding for family services and child welfare activities from a government entity that discriminates against a child welfare provider in violation of this bill. Child welfare providers may also sue the government entity for such discrimination. A prevailing provider may recover reasonable attorney's fees and costs.

Furthermore, government entities that accept certain federal funding for family services and child welfare activities must waive sovereign immunity as a defense to lawsuits brought under this bill. (In many cases, sovereign immunity shields states, territories, tribal nations, and some localities against private suits.)

Text (1)
March 10, 2021
Actions (2)
03/10/2021
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
03/10/2021
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Mar 11, 2021 5:57:17 AM
Updated
Jul 21, 2021 4:46:32 AM