"Hopefully November’s results will give us the momentum we need to get this done next year," Conn Carroll, a spokesman for Lee, told Buzzfeed.
Cruz also told Buzzfeed News that Trump's election gives him hope that the bill could gain support in 2017.
“The prospects for protecting religious freedom are brighter now than they have been in a long time,” Cruz said. “We are having ongoing conversations with our colleagues both in Congress and leaders in the new administration about a multitude of ways we can honor the commitment made to the voters in this last election.”
During the presidential campaign, Trump pledged to sign the legislation "to protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Catholics and the beliefs of Americans of all faiths."