WSCC 2019 Catholic Advocacy Update – April 18, 2019

For much of the year, you, the members of WSCC’s Catholic Advocacy Network, have raised your voices for the suffering members of the human family – those ravaged by poverty, as well as the victims of abortion, war, and assisted suicide.  But Easter Sunday is the time to celebrate the great joy that death is not the end of life.  Our Lord Jesus Christ conquered death through His nonviolent love and sacrifice.  Let us ask God to renew our hope and joy in the ultimate miracle of the Resurrection!  Christus Vivit – Christ is Alive!  May you and your families have a blessed Triduum and joyous Easter celebration.

Life and Liberty – TAKE ACTION: Repeal the State’s Death Penalty

Having already passed the State Senate, the bill to repeal the death penalty, SB 5339, needs only a vote of the full House before being sent to the Governor’s desk.  We urge you to please contact your State Representatives and tell them to repeal our state’s death penalty.  Visit our Action Center today!

Social Justice – Status of Operating and Capital Budgets

An amended operating budget, HB 1109, passed the full Senate with a 31-17 vote earlier this month.  That budget includes funding for vital initiatives to combat homelessness, such as Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) program, as well as an innovative pilot to bring Medicaid personal care directly to homeless seniors and people with disabilities being aided by Catholic Community Services. The capital budget, HB 1102, was also amended by the Senate, but has not yet received a full vote.  The WSCC is focused on ensuring that the Housing Trust Fund, which enables organizations like Catholic Charities agencies to build affordable housing, receives ample funding. Because both budgets were amended in the Senate, negotiators from the House and the Senate are trying to resolve the differences and pass final versions before the last day of the regular session, April 28th.

Upcoming Events

Walking + Witnessing for Migrant Families  – April 29 to May 11

Catholic Immigration Summit, Seattle  – June 8

Cornerstone Catholic Conference, Tacoma – October 18-19, 2019