The House passed a resolution reaffirming that the nation’s motto remains “In God We Trust” on a 396-9 vote today.
The resolution does not change existing law. Instead, it expresses the sense of the House that the motto remains the same and should be displayed in public places.
“In God We Trust” has been the nation’s motto since 1957. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), who sponsored the bill, said it was needed “to firmly declare our trust in God, believing that it will sustain us for generations to come.”
Although the resolution does not create any binding law, its consideration cost more than $215,000 in Members’ salaries and floor operation costs, and Democrats ridiculed the decision to bring up the measure.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.