A House committee voted to stop restrictions on military chaplain prayers.
The House Armed Services Committee decided chaplains should be able to pray in the name of Jesus or their faith's deity at general events.
Rep. Susan Davis, D-Calif., argued that such prayers would make some troops feel excluded.
But Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., say there is no reason to have a chaplain "if they cannot pray according to their conscience."
And Rep. Trent Franks, R-Az., says restricting religious rights in the military undermines "the very reason that we have one."
The amendment is part of the 2014 defense policy bill the full House is expected to vote on next week.