ICC Newsletter – Feb. 6, 2017

The Iowa Catholic Conference is asking for your help with two new action alerts. Many of you have already sent in a message on one of these issues - if so, thank you! Oppose House Study Bill 67 - an “enforcement-only” immigration bill. This bill passed out of subcommittee last week and is eligible for [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Jan. 30, 2017

REACTION TO IMMIGRATION/REFUGEE ORDERS On Friday, President Trump issued an order related to refugees. According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the order will virtually shut down the refugee admissions program for 120 days, reduce the number of refugees to be admitted from a goal of 110,000 to 50,000 people, and indefinitely suspend the [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Jan. 23, 2017

New resources posted on Education Savings Accounts We are working to encourage state legislators to pass an Education Savings Account program this year. Some new resources have been posted on our website, including a link to a recent webinar and the Iowa bishops’ statement. You are invited to attend a “National School Choice Week” event [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Jan. 16, 2017

Bills introduced to “defund” abortion providers; eliminate regulation of guns The Iowa legislative session began last week with the introduction of some bills of interest to the Iowa Catholic Conference and the Governor’s “Condition of the State” address. The ICC supports redirecting government health care funds away from abortion providers. Senate File 2 would, in [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Jan. 8, 2017

The 87th Iowa General Assembly convenes on Monday. Most of the first week is taken up by the usual ceremonies and organizational meetings of committees. During the first day, legislative leaders address the chambers to talk about their plans for the session. Also coming up this week is Governor Branstad’s presumably final “Condition of the [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Dec. 20, 2016

LEGISLATIVE KICKOFF WEBINARS One of our top priorities during the upcoming legislative session is to encourage passage of a flexible Education Savings Account (ESA) program in Iowa. In preparation for the session, our partners at Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education are offering 30-minute “Legislative Kickoff” webinars at two convenient times – Tuesday, Jan. 10 [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Nov. 28, 2016

We hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving. Time to get back to work! One of our top priorities during the upcoming legislative session is to encourage passage of an Education Savings Account (ESA) program in Iowa. Click here for a very short video about how ESAs work for families. ESAs will help all parents pay [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Nov. 10, 2016

Most of the election coverage has been focused on the presidential race but we pay attention to the Iowa Statehouse. Tuesday’s elections resulted in the Republicans gaining control of the Iowa Senate. They picked up six seats for a total of 29 Republicans to 19 Democrats and one independent. There will be a special election [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Nov. 2, 2016

"Making decisions in the light of our faith will not be easy, and it may lead us to a place we don't want to go. But it is our life-long obligation to say "yes" to God in all things, and listen for His voice sounding in our heart." Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics, 2016   [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Oct. 14, 2016

What should we be looking for in leaders? “Those with political responsibilities must not forget or underestimate the moral dimension of political representation, which consists in the commitment to share fully in the destiny of the people and to seek solutions to social problems. In this perspective, responsible authority also means authority exercised with those [...]

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