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Churches push hard on last-minute legislation

posted by Ju-Don Roberts

WASHINGTON (RNS) With three weeks left before the 111th Congress adjourns, faith groups are mounting a full court press on Capitol Hill on a number of bills, including a nuclear treaty with Russia and an immigration bill.
Advocates are pressing for action on The DREAM Act, which would allow illegal immigrants to gain citizenship through military service or a college education, and the START nuclear treat with Russia.
Churches and other religious groups scored an early victory on Dec. 2 when the House passed the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, which devotes $4.5 billion to child nutrition programs over 10 years, following Senate passage in August.
More than 10,000 people from Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations have enlisted supporters to call senators to pass the DREAM Act, which has already passed the House.
“People from across the faith communities would agree that we’ve waited too long already to pass the DREAM Act,” said Kristin Ford, a spokeswoman at the Washington-based group Faith in Public Life.
Groups are rallying around Bernard Pastor, an 18-year-old Ohio high school graduate who came with his family from Guatemala at age 3 and faces possible deportation without the path to citizenship outlined in the DREAM Act.
“Every year, 65,000 Bernards graduate from high school and face the threat of being deported,” said the Rev. Troy Jackson, a Cincinnati pastor who is rallying supporters behind Pastor’s case. “If the Senate wants to talk about tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, and not address the DREAM act for people like Bernard, then their priorities are not in line with the vast majority of Americans.”
Meanwhile, the conservative Family Research Council is lobbying for an extension of Bush-era tax cuts that are scheduled to expire on Dec. 31. The Washington-based group supports a plan by Senate Republicans to hold up all other legislation, including the DREAM Act, until the tax cuts are extended.
“The days of kicking Senate Republicans around are over,” the FRC said. “Without 60 votes the Democrats are powerless to move anything on their social agenda.”
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism are pushing the Senate to approve a new START Treaty with Russia to limit U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles. Senate Republicans, led by Arizona’s Jon Kyle, say the treaty needs more debate.
“The church’s concern for nuclear weapons grows out of its commitment to the sanctity of human life,” said Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, N.Y., in a Nov. 29 letter to the Senate.
Stephen M. Colecchi, director of bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace, said the U.S. and Russia have been in limbo for more than a year since the last START Treaty expired.
“It will make our world and nation safer the sooner a verification process is back in place,” said Colecchi.
Colecchi said action needs to happen before a new Senate takes office in early January.
“This is the Senate to which the treaty was submitted, and they are the ones who have had the hearings concerning the treaty,” said Colecchi. “If they wait until next year, there will be a new Senate, and the new Senate would have to go through the same process.”
— Jena Lowe



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nnmns

posted December 7, 2010 at 9:18 am


So the Family Research Council is most interested that the greedy wealthy (and not all the wealthy are greedy) get their tax cuts. I have no doubt they’ve been well paid by some of those greedy wealthy for their concern. Christians, where’s the outrage?!
But I’m absolutely with the folks pushing START. It will be a tragedy if the Republicans kill it in their ongoing, all-costs attempt to make President Obama fail. Why do Republicans hate America?



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Vic

posted December 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm


Just like a church to waste our tax money on welfare programs. If we got rid of churches I would have extra money in my paycheck!



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jestrfyl

posted December 7, 2010 at 1:06 pm


“Meanwhile, the conservative Family Research Council is lobbying for an extension of Bush-era tax cuts that are scheduled to expire on Dec. 31. The Washington-based group supports a plan by Senate Republicans to hold up all other legislation, including the DREAM Act, until the tax cuts are extended.”
Well, talk about spoiled babies! What a bunch of selfish brats! I guess their hypocricy is showing!
Anyone who votes against the DREAM act is exposing their preference for partisanship over humanity, civility, and hope for our national future. It is time for creative responses to a situation that will not evaporate because someone makes a rule. This is one such response. Partisan lines are not yard markers on a football field and this is not a game, going back and forth. It deals with real lives that can have a significant impact in our country. Failure to pass this because someone’s feelings were hurt or dollars were not fed into their pockets properly is shere foolishness.



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cknuck

posted December 7, 2010 at 11:30 pm


It’good that the church is still able to pierce the conscience of country. The peace treaty is a great move and the church has compassion for the Dream Act which in itself is good but as we look at our economics we are illegal immigrants saturated there are signs that we need to be population prudent.



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Church do one of two things: read and understand legislation, not just the title, or stop trying to dupe your members. The details matter more than your intentions.



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