Public Policy


May 2018 Update

From New York State:

  • The legislative session will end the third week in June.  So there is still time for you to take action on bills supported by the NYS Catholic Conference to crack down on sex trafficking of children; protect children from sexual abuse; support farm-workers’ rights; help immigrant students get an education; and authorize banks to protect vulnerable adults from financial exploitation.  Bills opposed would expand late term abortions and allow physician assisted suicide.  Go to  for information on legislation directly affecting New Yorkers.

On the Federal Level:

  • The Department of Homeland Security recently canceled Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 57,000 Hondurans, adding to the 195,000 Salvadorians, 46,000 Haitians, and 9,000 Napalis who have already lost legal protection.  In addition. Attorney General Sessions announced a new enforcement policy which pushes for increased detention and separation of parents and children for families crossing the border.  CCUSA continues to speak out for a just and humane immigration policy which provides security while respecting human dignity and family stability.
  • The House is scheduled to vote this week on their version of the 2018 Farm Bill re-authorization (HR 2).  The bill proposed significant changes to domestic nutrition programs which could result in up to 2 million people losing access to SNAP.  Catholic Charities USA is urging us to tell our members of Congress to insist on changes to HR2 and protect people who are poor and hungry.  These changes are: Protect and strengthen SNAP by improving outreach, streamlining enrollment and maintaining state options for broad-based categorical eligibility, reconsider the harsher time limit punishments proposed for SNAP recipients unable to find work.  As well as, allowing time for states to establish evidence-based job training programs and reestablish the connection benefit between the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and SNAP.
  • Make your voice heard and insist on changes to the Farm Bill.  VoterVoice send an alert about the Bill so just click on Take Action in their email to send a message to your Representative.


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