Some Federal Issues of Particular Concern to Our Bishops
Pa Catholic Conference, Human Life Action)
On the USCCB web site, the reminder remains for us to
"Urge President Trump to Sign Executive Order Respecting Religious Freedom"
- "'That the American Health Care Act limits Medicaid funds to entities that don’t kill people is entirely appropriate, not to mention a step that’s long overdue,' said Father Frank Pavone, national president of Priests for Life. 'Sending hundreds of millions of dollars a year to an organization that dismembers 320,000 unborn babies a year adds up to a travesty of justice,' he added. 'The Senate should approve the defunding legislation as soon as possible and send it to the president’s desk. The scam of using public money to prop up abortion businesses needs to be terminated" (Catholic Herald, 5/6/17)
Catholic Social Teaching/International Issues
"The BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act, S.128/H.R. 496, was...introduced in Congress as a bipartisan effort to sustain the temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility offered to youth through the Department of Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Under the BRIDGE Act, young people who came to the United States as children would maintain their eligibility to work and live in the U.S. without the fear of deportation and family separation so long as they meet certain requirements, such as showing a commitment to education or honorable service in our military and having no history of serious crime."
- H.R. 920, the 'Protecting Our Border Communities Act of 2017'/ S. 668;
- H.R. 921, the 'Community Trust Act of 2017' / S. 415; and
- H.R. 1503, the 'Statute of Liberty Values (SOLVE) Act 2.0 of 2017' / S. 608.