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President Obama wrote to Congressional leaders today, outlining several items suggested by Republican lawmakers at last week’s health care summit that he is recommending be incorporated into the reform package: No matter how we move forward, there are at least four policy priorities identified by Republican Members at the meeting that I am exploring. I…

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Faith Letter/Ad: Ahead of Thursday’s bipartisan summit, faith groups placed an ad in The Hill Newspaper calling on the President and Congress to have the courage, vision, leadership, and faith to move meaningful health care reform forward. Nearly 150 national and state/regional organizations signed the letter in the ad, along with 26 national faith leaders.…

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…stop crying over reconciliation as if it’s never been done before… It’s been done by almost every Congress, and they’re the ones who have used it more than anyone else.  Contract for America was done with reconciliation. Tax cuts, done with reconciliation. Medicare, done with reconciliation. – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

Finishing the Job We’ve got to finish the job on health care. We’ve got to finish the job on financial regulatory reform. We’ve got to finish the job, even though it’s hard. – President Obama speaking to Senate Democrats at their annual issues retreat on Wednesday There seems to be some momentum growing for taking…

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1/29 Virtual Vigil – Call your members of Congress today! On Monday, 56 national and state faith organizations, including the Mennonite Central Committee Washington Office, sent a letter to Congress, urging members to move forward with comprehensive health insurance reform. As people of faith, we envision a society where every person is afforded health, wholeness…

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As part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to assist Haiti following Tuesday’s devastating earthquake, I am announcing the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010. This is a disaster of historic proportions and this designation will allow eligible Haitian nationals in the…

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