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Faith leaders, nonprofit groups hail House repeal of ‘parking lot tax’

Faith leaders, nonprofit groups hail House repeal of ‘parking lot tax’

| January 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

Congress has repealed a so-called “parking lot tax” that was part of the 2017 tax cut measure and would have required houses of worship and other nonprofits to pay a 21% tax on employee benefits such as parking spaces and transit subsidies.

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Catholics offer lots of advocacy, get few results on Capitol Hill

Catholics offer lots of advocacy, get few results on Capitol Hill

| Mark Pattison | December 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Congress was busy in 2019, but the House and Senate were often at cross purposes with each other.

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El Paso bishop calls out racism but urges accused shooter’s life be spared

El Paso bishop calls out racism but urges accused shooter’s life be spared

| Rhina Guidos | October 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s a pastoral letter that pulls no punches, goes far into the past and continues up to the recent present of racism at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Impeachment? Add it to the list of reasons bills are sidetracked

Impeachment? Add it to the list of reasons bills are sidetracked

| Mark Pattison | October 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

So an impeachment query in the House, and a potential trial in the Senate, want to get in the way of legislation being considered in Congress? Take a number.

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Dingell, longest serving member in Congress, recalled at funeral as ‘doer’

Dingell, longest serving member in Congress, recalled at funeral as ‘doer’

| February 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

At a funeral Mass in Washington for former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, former President Bill Clinton said the Democratic congressman should be remembered as “a world-class doer.”

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Despite high turnover, number of Catholics little changed in Congress

Despite high turnover, number of Catholics little changed in Congress

| Mark Pattison | January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

In most election cycles, there may be 30 to 50 new members of Congress. For 2019, there are 89 — and a 90th may yet be headed for Capitol Hill based on how a disputed House election in North Carolina plays out.

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Republicans help bring down their party’s ‘compromise’ immigration bill

Republicans help bring down their party’s ‘compromise’ immigration bill

| Rhina Guidos | June 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

The proposal, which had been called a “compromise” bill by Republicans, would have provided some respite to youth brought to the country illegally as minors, as well as some $25 million in funding for part of a wall along the border with Mexico, which President Donald Trump desperately wants. 

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Something for (almost) everyone in omnibus budget package

Something for (almost) everyone in omnibus budget package

| Mark Pattison | March 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Some might argue that instead of “omnibus,” the proper word for the bill is “ominous.”
And if $1.3 trillion can’t solve everyone’s wish list, then what can?

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Immigrants, advocates navigating post-DACA-deadline landscape

Immigrants, advocates navigating post-DACA-deadline landscape

| Mark Pattison | March 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

The last government shutdown — well, threatened shutdown, anyway — seems so long ago.

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Catholics urged to appeal to lawmakers in Congress to pass DACA bill now

Catholics urged to appeal to lawmakers in Congress to pass DACA bill now

| February 16, 2018 | 1 Comment

By day’s end Feb. 15, members of the U.S. Senate had rejected four immigration proposals, leaving it unclear how lawmakers will address overall immigration reform and keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in place.

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Caucusing for human dignity

Caucusing for human dignity

| Katherine Cross | January 25, 2018 | 2 Comments

It might not be a presidential election year, but in November, Minnesotans will still vote for a governor and all 10 of its representatives in Congress, including two U.S. Senate seats. These decisions can potentially shift balances of power on both state and national levels.

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Uncertainty in Congress envelopes children’s health care program, including Minnesota’s

Uncertainty in Congress envelopes children’s health care program, including Minnesota’s

| Dennis Sadowski | November 30, 2017 | 2 Comments

A health program that serves children from low-income families (CHIP) that has enjoyed bipartisan support for 20 years faces an uncertain future unless Congress adopts legislation reauthorizing it before funding runs out in the coming months.

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