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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, Aug. 8, 2014

One of the main goals of the Iowa Catholic Conference is to help inform your conscience and encourage involvement in the political process, particularly on issues at the state legislature. To that end, next month we’ll be releasing the latest version of our “Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics” document. However, recent events on the national and international scene are worthy of your immediate prayer and attention.The situation is grave for many Christians and other minority groups in…See More
Aug 10
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Iowa Catholic Conference - Supreme Court rules on religious liberty, July 3, 2014

SUPREME COURT RULES ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOMWe hope you have a great Fourth of July holiday! This week began with a positive decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court ruled that closely-held family corporations will not be required to provide insurance coverage for certain drugs. The Hobby Lobby stores had a religious objection to paying for drugs which may cause abortions.The Court said the government failed to show that the mandate is the least restrictive means of advancing its interest in…See More
Jul 3
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, bishops release statement on humanitarian situation

The Iowa bishops have released a statement on the humanitarian issue on the southern border of the United States.It reads, in part: “We appreciate government officials for responding as best they can to this crisis and ask them to make sure that legal services are available to unaccompanied children. Children without family in the U.S. are at risk of being sent back to an unsafe situation. The best interests of these children should be a priority.” You can find…See More
Jun 26
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Iowa Catholic Conference update - tomorrow's Call-in Day to Congress on immigration reform

TOMORROW IS NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY FOR IMMIGRATION REFORMTomorrow, May 29, is a national “call-in day” to Congress in support of immigration reform. To participate, dial this toll-free number, 1-855-589-5698, to be automatically connected to your U.S. House Member and ask them to:Vote for immigration reform,Support a path to citizenship,Preserve family unity, andEmploy safe and humane immigration enforcement practices.It’s important for both the supporters and opponents of these principles in the…See More
May 29
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Iowa Catholic Conference: legislative session concludes

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Network The Iowa House adjourned at about 6 a.m. on Thursday morning after an all-night session. The Senate finished with budget bills early on Thursday, but, before adjourning on Friday, passed a resolution giving the Senate Government Oversight Committee subpoena power to investigate "secret settlements" in state government.During the last day or so of the session, we were part of discussions regarding an amendment to the “standings” appropriations…See More
May 5
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Iowa Catholic Conference: legislative session concludes

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Network The Iowa House adjourned at about 6 a.m. on Thursday morning after an all-night session. The Senate finished with budget bills early on Thursday, but, before adjourning on Friday, passed a resolution giving the Senate Government Oversight Committee subpoena power to investigate "secret settlements" in state government.During the last day or so of the session, we were part of discussions regarding an amendment to the “standings” appropriations…See More
May 5
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Apr 27
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 27, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkIt looks like the legislative session will conclude in the next few days. In the meantime there are still several issues of interest being discussed.You are encouraged to contact your Senator in support of House File 2468, which would provide a $2,500 state tax credit for parents with adoption expenses. The bill passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee last week and is eligible for debate in the…See More
Apr 27
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 20, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkTAKE ACTION NOWThere’s still time to encourage legislators to help parents with adoption expenses. Last week the Iowa House passed House File 2468 by a vote of 95-1. The bill provides a refundable tax credit of $2,500 for adoptions. It will help make adoptions more affordable for parents, as agency fees can start at $12,000 and go up from there. The credit would also assist birth mothers because adoption agencies and adoptive parents help pay for…See More
Apr 21
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 13, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkAs the legislative session enters its final weeks the Iowa Catholic Conference is engaged on several issues.Good news: the bill tweaking Iowa’s law against human trafficking is headed to the governor for his signature. Last Tuesday the House accepted the Senate's changes to Senate File 2311. The bill creates a fund for victims and allows county attorneys to refer prostitutes who are juveniles to the Department of Human Services as a "child in need…See More
Apr 13
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 6, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkBudget bills are being considered in both chambers of the Iowa Legislature and that’s usually a sign that the end of the session is not too far away. In news regarding our current action alerts:The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed the $986 million budget bill for the state Department of Education and the state universities. Senate File 2347 contains a $50,000 increase for…See More
Apr 7
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Mar 30
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, New Action Alert

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkNEW ACTION ALERTWe have posted a new action alert in support of a pilot program to assist refugees who have been placed in Iowa. Senate File 2270 would allocate about $2.2 million to help community organizations train refugees to assist other refugees in getting a job, food, clothing, shelter, English language training, etc. The U.S. government provides transitional assistance only during the first 90 days refugees are here. Catholic Charities is…See More
Mar 30
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, March 23, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkTAKE ACTIONIf you haven’t yet done so, please consider contacting your legislators about funding for nonpublic school students. We’re asking for your help with two requests in the education area: textbooks and technology, and transportation.Click here to go directly to the action alert on this issue. Thanks for your assistance.NEWS FROM THE STATE CAPITOLLegislators are now…See More
Mar 23
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Iowa Catholic Conference Second "Funnel" Deadline Update, March 16, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkFriday was the second “funnel” deadline at the legislature. Non-money bills in the Iowa Legislature were required to have passed one chamber and passed by a committee in the other chamber to remain eligible. Several issues we have been working on are no longer eligible for consideration. They include:Prohibit “webcam” abortions - bill to prohibit this type of abortion procedure had passed the Iowa House but wasn’t addressed in the Iowa Senate.…See More
Mar 16
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, March 9, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkHere’s the news from last week …The two parties have agreed on total General Fund spending of $6.92 billion for the 2015 fiscal year, about a seven percent increase compared to this year. Now the discussions will begin on exactly how to allocate this amount among the various state departments. This is the earliest I can remember that the two parties have agreed to a total budget number. I think it’s an indication the leaders intend to end the…See More
Mar 9

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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, Aug. 8, 2014

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 9:35am 0 Comments

One of the main goals of the Iowa Catholic Conference is to help inform your conscience and encourage involvement in the political process, particularly on issues at the state legislature. To that end, next month we’ll be releasing the latest version of our “Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics” document. However, recent events on the national and international scene are worthy of your immediate prayer and attention.

The situation is grave for many Christians and other minority…

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Iowa Catholic Conference - Supreme Court rules on religious liberty, July 3, 2014

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 1:36pm 0 Comments

SUPREME COURT RULES ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

We hope you have a great Fourth of July holiday! This week began with a positive decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court ruled that closely-held family corporations will not be required to provide insurance coverage for certain drugs. The Hobby Lobby stores had a religious objection to paying for drugs which may cause abortions.

The Court said the government failed to show that the mandate is the least restrictive means of…

Continue

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, bishops release statement on humanitarian situation

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 10:41am 0 Comments

The Iowa bishops have released a statement on the humanitarian issue on the southern border of the United States.

It reads, in part: “We appreciate government officials for responding as best they can to this crisis and ask them to make sure that legal services are available to unaccompanied children. Children without family in the U.S. are at risk of being sent back to an unsafe situation. The best interests of these children should be a priority.”…

Continue

Iowa Catholic Conference update - tomorrow's Call-in Day to Congress on immigration reform

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 2:22pm 0 Comments

TOMORROW IS NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM

Tomorrow, May 29, is a national “call-in day” to Congress in support of immigration reform. To participate, dial this toll-free number, 1-855-589-5698, to be automatically connected to your U.S. House Member and ask them to:

  • Vote for immigration reform,
  • Support a path to citizenship,
  • Preserve family unity, and
  • Employ safe and humane immigration enforcement practices.

It’s…

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