HHS Under Fire for Denying Grant to Faith Group

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A congressional panel is investigating whether the Obama administration abused its power by blocking religious groups from receiving grant money to help victims of abuse.

House Republicans grilled Health and Human Services officials Thursday about blocking federal funds to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for victims of human trafficking.
   
A recent rule change requires victims receive a "full range of family services," including abortions and contraception, something the Catholic relief agency refuses to do.
    
The HHS department denies accusations that the change was politically motivated, but Republican lawmakers aren't convinced.

"Apparently, one supplier of assistance to these victims of human trafficking is left out - is cut out of the mix and opportunity to provide ministry to the soul, the body, every component part of that victim," Rep. Tim Walberg, R,  Mich., said.

Democrats argue funding levels to Catholic groups have increased, saying that proves the administration isn't playing political games.

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