- Jun 14, 2021
Two Democratic senators appear to be using the Knights of Columbus as a stalking horse for objections to the Catholic Church writ large.
Despite serious questions about the existence of a “Catholic vote” in U.S. elections, there still are several races in Tuesday’s midterms sure to test both Catholic candidates and concerns.
In a new letter to the U.S. Senate, the chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development said that “removing vital coverage for those most in need is not the answer to our nation’s health care problems” and urged senators to work for the common good.
After the Congressional Budget Office found that the Senate health care bill would leave 22 million more people without coverage, Bishop Frank Dewane, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, said that “the loss of affordable access for millions of people is simply unacceptable.”
Since it now seems clear that President Donald Trump won’t meet Pope Francis when he comes to Sicily in late May for a G7 summit, many people will assume that the first real test of how serious Trump is about engaging the Vatican will come with his pick for ambassador. For several reasons, however, that move may not come anytime soon, so we might have to look for other measures.
President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, began the first day of Senate confirmation hearings. Democratic representatives are hesitant regarding his conservative position on reproductive rights. They are also still trying to negotiate how to handle this process given that President Obama’s nominee wasn’t given a hearing by the Republican-controlled senate when it was his due.
A new bill, sponsored by senators Joni Ernst and James Lankford, wishes to re-allocate women’s health care funding away from controversial abortion provider Planned Parenthood, toward health care providers that don’t perform abortions.