We asked for your help last week on three issues related to the omnibus bill ultimately signed into law by President Obama.

Unfortunately, the abortion non-discrimination (ANDA) provisions we were working for did not make it into the final legislation. However, on the good side, past improvements to the Earned Income Tax Credit were reauthorized. The measure also funds refugee resettlement services while avoiding negative provisions regarding refugees.

If you were able to send a message, we really appreciate it. It’s important for members of Congress to hear from us on important issues.

On that note, it’s always good to look back and celebrate the occasional successes in your advocacy work. Click here for a perspective from the Catholics Confront Global Poverty campaign.

Our legislative session here in Iowa begins Jan. 11. Early next month you’ll receive our annual preview of the session. Until then, have a great conclusion to your Advent and a blessed Christmas season.