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Congress urged to ‘fix fundamental flaws’ in final tax reform bill

Graduate students rallied against the proposed federal tax reform bill Nov. 29 in New York City. Congress must “fix the fundamental flaws” in both the Senate and House versions of the tax bill as lawmakers try to reach an agreement on a final bill, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee.

WASHINGTON — In a new letter to members of Congress, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., outlined a sweeping package of changes in pending tax reform legislation to ensure the final bill is "morally acceptable."

Partisan disagreement hobbles health care conversation

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrived to speak with reporters following a vote to open debate on a health care bill at the U.S. Capitol July 25.

WASHINGTON — When the vice president has to cast a vote to break a tie in the Senate on whether to debate U.S. health care policy, it's obvious that passing legislation related to the Affordable Care Act is going to be a heavy lift in Congress.

Democrats, who boasted of a veto-proof majority to avoid a Senate Republican filibuster, got the ACA passed in 2010. Now, they're in the minority in both the Senate and the House.

Yet in the rush to reject the ACA, there lacks unanimity among Republicans in each chamber to make changes.

Catholic leaders react to House bill to repeal, replace health care law

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price gestured at a stack of papers that he said was the Affordable Care Act at a March 7 press briefing. Republicans in the U.S. House have introduced a measure to repeal and replace the federal health care law.

WASHINGTON — Calling health care "a vital concern for nearly every person in the country," the U.S. Catholic bishops said March 8 they will be reviewing closely a measure introduced in the House March 6 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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