Public Policy


November 2019 Update

New York State 

The Legislature will begin its 2020 session on Wednesday January 8.

The priorities of the New York State Catholic Conference include:

  • Opposition to physician assisted suicide.
  • Support for increased reimbursement funding to non-public schools for services required by the state such as attendance taking and safety and security.
  • Funding for workplace recruitment and employee retention for human service programs.
  • Support for working family tax credits.
  • Support for funding for housing for low income families and individuals.
  • Opposition to Medicaid cuts for developmental disability services.

To voice your opinion on any issues, go to The Catholic Action Network (CAN) which can be found on the New York State Catholic Conference’s website On the website click on “Take Action” and then on “Latest Action Alerts.” If you are not a member of CAN, please join!

On the Federal side:

From AARP:

The House of Representatives last month unanimously approved the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, which helps millions of older Americans age in their homes through funding for Meals on Wheels, family caregiving and transportation. Increases in funding were approved as well. Now the Senate needs to vote “Yes” and reauthorize this essential law.

From Catholic Charities USA:

Congress still has not reached agreement on 2020 appropriations and will miss the deadline of November 21. Congressional leaders are working with the White House to pass additional stopgap funding to avoid a shutdown. Now the deadline may be to the middle of December.


On November 12, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. An amicus brief submitted by USCCB and several Catholic and Evangelical partners focuses on family unity and separation and hardship DACA youth would endure if DACA is rescinded. The Supreme Court will be deliberating until next spring. Therefore, it is vital that we encourage Congress to act to provide DACA recipients with a path to citizenship. The House already passed HR.6 giving the DACA recipients a path to citizenship, so the Senate needs to hear from us requesting they support S.874, the Dream Act of 2019. Go to scroll down and click on DACA and Dreamer Resource Page, then on that page go to “What Should I Do Now”? scroll down to Action Alert to send an email to your Senators.

Thank you for your advocacy.
Marie Copeland and Sheila Morris Barnes, Co-­‐chairs