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Mike Pence, Reporters Chad RyanThe Journal-Gazette, via Associated Press

Sources: Capitol Hill Conservatives Agreed to Pull Conscience Protection from DOD Budget After VP-Elect Mike Pence Assurances

Capitol Hill conservatives allowed Democrats to strip the “Russell Amendment” out of the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2017 budget during conference negotiations after Vice-President Michael R. Pence and other members of the presidential transition team assured them that the incoming administration will restore protections for religion and conscience stripped by President Barack Obama.