Congressman Sean Maloney

Representing the 18th District of New York

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Maloney Slams Trump Administration for New Rule Allowing Taxpayer Dollars to Subsidize Discrimination

Oct 7, 2017
Press Release

Washington - Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration released sweeping new guidance allowing federal employees to use religion as an excuse to openly discriminate against people of different religious affiliations, single parents, divorcees, people who are sexually active but unmarried, those who use birth control, and anyone in the LGBTQ community.  It would also allow federal contractors and grantees to fire employees on the same religious criteria. Under the new guidance, federal grant recipients that discriminate against beneficiaries could also continue to receive funding if they claimed the discrimination was motivated by religion.  


"This is America dammit. It doesn't matter which religion you're a part of or your marriage status or who you love - everyone gets fair access to government services and our taxpayer dollars don't subsidize hate or bigotry. Everyone should be furious about this rule - it would allow a homeless shelter that gets taxpayer money to turn away a single mom because having a kid out of wedlock violates their faith. It would allow a federal contractor to fire a Jewish employee or a divorced employee, or a gay employee all because it "violates their faith." It would also allow a VA Employee to refuse to help a dying veteran because the veteran has done something the employee considers to be a violation of their faith. This is not what America is all about. 


"This is discrimination pure and simple - and thanks to the Trump Administration it will be coming to a federal agency, contractor, or grant recipient near you. Things have gotten out of control and the Administration needs to roll back this garbage, anti-American rule. Who could possibly think this is a good idea?" 


Representative Sean Patrick Maloney is the first openly gay member of Congress from New York. After 22 years together, he married his husband Randy Florke in June 2014 in Cold Spring, NY where they live with their three children.