WASHINGTON â€” The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly -- though not unanimously -- on Tuesday for a bill that would keep mentions of God in the Pledge of Allegiance and national motto.
Lawmakers voted 401-5 for the measure that calls for "under God" to stay in the Pledge of Allegiance and to keep "In God We Trust" as the national motto. Four others voted present.
In June, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the phrase "under God," inserted by Congress into the pledge in 1954, violates the separation of church and state because the phrase amounts to a government endorsement of religion.