Public Policy


November 2020 Update

In the New York Legislature, many races are undecided as absentee ballot counting continues. It does appear that in the New York State Senate Democrats will not get enough seats to attain a super majority, which would have enabled them to override any veto by Governor Cuomo.  In the Assembly, the Democrat super majority already exists.

It is unknown if the Legislature will convene in a Special Session prior to the end of this year. In 2021, the Regular Session will start on January 6.

It is hoped that Congress and President Trump will move quickly to advance additional COVID-19 relief legislation which will include hundreds of millions of dollars for public schools. Please urge Congress to set aside an equal percentage to assist tuition-paying families in our Catholic and other religious and independent schools. Visit the New York State Catholic Conference website to take action:

On the Federal side:

The Supreme Court was to hear oral arguments on November 10, in the case concerning a lawsuit that seeks to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The justices will review a federal appeals court decision (California vs.Texas) that the repeal of the individual tax mandate invalidated the law in its entirety. Millions of people with pre-existing conditions will be affected if the Supreme Court invalidates the ACA.

From Bread for the World:

Call 800-826-3688 or write your senators and representative to urge them to increase SNAP benefits by 15% and invest $20 billion in additional funding to support the international response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Congress did extend Pandemic-EBT through 9/2021. Visit

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