Public Policy

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January 2018 Update


From the NYS Catholic Conference:
The Bishops were disappointed in a late December veto by Governor Cuomo of a bill that would have fixed a funding deficiency for Catholic and other non-­‐public schools. The Catholic Conference will continue to advocate for the passage of this measure in the upcoming State budget. The Church will also push for funding for critical human service, health and housing programs. Both State and National Church advocacy will continue to focus on comprehensive immigration reform, including DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the DREAM ACT for college education opportunities for undocumented immigrant children.

On the Federal Level:

Before leaving town Congress passed a short term spending measure that lasts until Jan. 19. Congress is now on the clock to pass another stop-­‐gap measure or agree on a longer term spending bill. White House and Congressional leaders are engaged in talks to agree to a new budget target as well as funding critical programs like CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program); community health centers, and a solution for DACA. Since there is not enough time to pass a longer term spending bill before January 19, an additional short term spending measure is likely.

Another critical priority for Congress is an additional disaster assistance bill. Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and other disaster impacted regions continue to recover from the devastating hurricanes and wildfires. The Senate is expected to take up consideration of the House-­‐passed disaster assistance bill in the coming weeks.

The President may again try to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act, so we have to be vigilant about contacting our federal representatives when this issue surfaces in Washington.

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