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Week In Review – February 7, 2014

This week, Congress considered a number of topics very important to the work that Catholic Charities agencies do across the country.

Earlier today, President Obama signed the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, better known as the Farm Bill, into law. Upon this announcement, Father Larry Snyder issued a statement, saying “Although the Farm Bill signed by the President today represents the kind of bipartisan results Congress can achieve when it puts aside partisanship and focuses on issues it can agree on, I am deeply disappointed that the most vulnerable will lose much needed benefits as a result of this compromise.”

On Thursday, the Senate failed to pass legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits for more than 1.7 million individuals for the next three months. Despite this setback, we are glad so many CCUSA supporters took part in the Action Alert we issued, helping us reach Senators from 22 states to express the importance of these benefits to those suffering from long-term unemployment.

Finally, House Republicans recently released principles to address immigration reform.  While CCUSA is glad to see immigration reform being taken seriously in 2014, we must ensure that any final legislation enacted strengthens families and provides a path forward to lawful permanent residence and citizenship for undocumented workers and their families, while promoting the security of our nation.

CCUSA remains committed to working with Congress to ensure that policy decisions represent the interests of the families that our local member agencies serve every day.