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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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Tax bill called ‘unacceptable,’ some provisions ‘unconscionable’

Tax bill called ‘unacceptable,’ some provisions ‘unconscionable’

| November 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a Nov. 9 letter to U.S. House members, the three bishops called for amendments to the current draft of the tax reform bill “for the sake of families” and “for those struggling on the peripheries of society who have a claim on our national conscience.”

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A Jesuit chaplain shepherds Congress’ divided flock

A Jesuit chaplain shepherds Congress’ divided flock

| Rhina Guidos | June 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

In his youth, Jesuit Father Patrick Conroy pictured himself as a lawyer and a senator, working in the deep recesses of Washington’s U.S. Capitol building. In a way, he’s doing just that but not in the way he imagined.

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Catholics in Congress: one-third of House, one-quarter of Senate

Catholics in Congress: one-third of House, one-quarter of Senate

| Carol Zimmermann | January 4, 2017 | 4 Comments

The religious makeup of the 115th Congress is significantly Christian — 91 percent — with Catholics comprising one-third of the House of Representatives and about a quarter of the Senate.

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MCC’s Adkins: With the election over, Catholics need to roll up their sleeves

MCC’s Adkins: With the election over, Catholics need to roll up their sleeves

| November 9, 2016 | 2 Comments

Donald Trump’s win of the presidency and the Republicans gaining a majority in Congress stunned the U.S. in a historic Nov. 8 election.

In Minnesota, Republicans grabbed a majority from the Democrats in both the state House and Senate.

None of it alters the mission for Catholics in politics according to Minnesota Catholic Conference Director Jason Adkins. A St. Paul-based organization, the MCC works to further the common good in public policy for Minnesota and beyond.

Adkins took time Nov. 9 to visit with The Catholic Spirit about what the election results mean for Catholics.

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Agencies expect positive engagement with Congress, Trump postelection

Agencies expect positive engagement with Congress, Trump postelection

| Dennis Sadowski | November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s time to move beyond the polarizing presidential campaign so that the basic needs of the unemployed, the world’s poor and the unborn can be addressed, said Catholics who consistently work with Congress and the White House.

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Witnessing history: Pope’s congressional address gives DeLaSalle students food for thought

Witnessing history: Pope’s congressional address gives DeLaSalle students food for thought

| September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although the students didn’t get to pose the questions to the pontiff, they did have the opportunity to hear if he answered any of them during his address to a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24. The students were dismissed from first hour to join others from theology and social studies classes in the commons and hear what Pope Francis had to say not just to members of Congress, but to all Americans.

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