House vote tears apart 2013 Farm Bill
In an alarming move by House leadership, they brought the Farm Bill back to the House floor for a vote — but this time without a Nutrition title. Despite pleas from the faith community, anti-hunger groups and even farm groups, the House passed a farm-only bill by removing food stamps and other nutrition assistance programs from the comprehensive Farm Bill.
The House Agriculture Committee chair Frank Lucas (R-OK) gave assurances that food stamps would be dealt with in separate legislation, but many faith-based and anti-poverty groups fear that this will lead to drastic deep cuts in food assistance to low-income families. It was not clear when the House would take up a separate bill on Nutrition programs.
Democrats lined up to oppose splitting the bill; they all voted against the bill, as did 12 Republican members of the House. The White House previously said it would veto the 608-page farm bill because it omitted food stamp spending and did not contain sufficient commodity and crop insurance reforms.
Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration Reform
Following the passage of Immigration Reform in the Senate, focus now turns to the House of Representatives, which everyone believes will be a tougher challenge. According to recent reports, conservative leaders in the House do not want to consider legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship for aspiring Americans. Without the possibility of earning citizenship, millions of our immigrant brothers and sisters would remain in the shadows or become second-class members of our society.
However, the issue of immigration has many facets and it is possible to see it in more than one way. In a recent piece in the National Catholic Register, some involved Catholics examine the issues in play for the immigration reform bill. Click here to read Catholics Debate Social Teaching in Immigration Reform.
Catholic Migrant Farmworker Network seeks new executive director
The Catholic Migrant Farmworker Network seeks a dynamic, faith-based leader with demonstrated commitment to social justice for the position of Executive Director.
Qualifications: bilingual; five years of experience with Spanish speaking immigrants; advocacy experience; strong written and oral communication skills. Submit letter of interest and current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer for a Rural Family
Bless, O God, those who live close to the land.
Bless them in their daily lives and struggles.
Help them in their fears and family concerns,
Bring them the joys and rewards of a rural life.
Help us all to be aware of the quiet beauty of night,
the fresh green growth on trees and all plants,
and the songs of birds. Let us give thanks for all of these.
May we always show respect for all of creation.
Bless each of us and help us grow in love and unity with you and with each other.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Mission: Our mission is to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America. NCRLC helps rural people shape their futures and lead lives of dignity and piety by providing spiritual, educational and advocacy assistance.