WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – A new executive order will ease restrictions on churches and religious groups who want to endorse political candidates.READ MORE: Despite Advancements In Vehicle Safety, IIHS Finds Room For Improvement After New Side Crash Test
President Donald Trump signed the “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” order at the White House as he marked National Day of Prayer.
Under the Johnson Amendment nonprofits, such as churches and charities, are not allowed to directly or indirectly engage in a political campaign.READ MORE: Miami International Airport Employees Honored For Helping Passenger Find His Lucky Dog Penny
The executive order now gives the IRS discretion when it comes to enforcing that law.
The order will also provide regulatory relief from Obamacare requirements such as the requirement that organizations provide contraception care, according to CBS News. The Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby cases were the most prominent instances of organizations fighting to be freed from the requirement to provide contraception, despite individual beliefs.MORE NEWS: North Miami Beach Officer Shot At While Trying To Stop Shootout
President Trump is scheduled to fly to New York later in the day. It will be his first time back in the city since taking office. While there he’ll meet privately with the Prime Minister of Australia and deliver remarks aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid.