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Religious Freedom Bill Clears Congress

A bill that would enhance religious freedom in America has cleared its final hurdle before being signed into law by President Clinton.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the Senate version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by unanimous consent.

The bill, which is supported by a broad coalition of Jewish and other religious groups, would make it harder for the government to encroach on free exercise of religion.

After a tough lobbying battle, the Senate passed the bill last week. Earlier this year, the House had passed its own version, which differed only slightly.

The president, who supports the legislation, is expected to sign it soon.

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