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Hill Notes and Backgrounders

CSMG Legislative Priorities. On January 28, 2020, Catholic Social Ministry Gathering participants advocate on the Hill.  The following Catholic Message to Congress and Backgrounders prepare you to effectively articulate the Catholic position on the following legislative priorities:

2020 Message to Congress

Bearing Witness: Life and Justice for All

Respond to Gun Violence: Extreme Risk Protection Orders and Background Checks

Support reasonable regulations of firearms to minimize gun-related homicides and suicides, especially bipartisan legislative proposals such as extreme risk protection orders and universal background checks.

Extend New START, Less Funding for Arms Race

Urge Congress to support H.R. 2529 and S. 2394 that extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) between the United States and Russia as a prudent step towards nuclear disarmament and to avoid a nuclear arms race.

Make Poor and Vulnerable People and Care for Creation a Funding Priority

Support funding programs and resist budget cuts by prioritizing programs that help people living in poverty, both at home and abroad, especially development and humanitarian programs that save lives, address the root causes of conflicts, aid those displaced by violence or natural disaster, and encourage policies that protect the environment.

Urge Congress to ensure any policy realignment prioritizes assistance to the people and communities most in need; maintains U.S. global leadership; and encourages pro-poor economic growth. Congress should work for a bipartisan solution that will avoid severe and unnecessary cuts to domestic and international programs that assist the poor and vulnerable, and care for creation.

Protect Dreamers and Provide a Path to Permanency and Citizenship

Support of legislation in the Senate, such as S. 874, the Dream Act of 2019, which will protect young undocumented people known as Dreamers, who were brought to this country as children by their parents, by providing them a path to citizenship. Positive action on this legislation is vital since the Supreme Court is likely to review and decide on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program by June 2020.


Background Materials

Backgrounder on A Mercy and Peacebuilding Approach to Gun Violence

Backgrounder on Nuclear Disarmament and Challenging Increases in Military Spending

Backgrounder on the Importance of the Social Safety Net

Backgrounder on International Assistance and Diplomacy

Backgrounder on Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status






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