Missouri Senate to consider pro-life legislation after break

The Missouri Senate is expected to reconvene sometime after the Fourth of July holiday to consider pro-life legislation.

In a special session called by Gov. Eric Greitens, the Senate passed SB 5, which would amend Missouri law to pre-empt local governments from enacting laws that adversely affect legal rights of individuals based on their view of abortion, require abortion clinics to be inspected annually and gives the Missouri attorney general greater authority to enforce Missouri's abortion laws.

House OKs bill to aid genocide victims; Senate urged to act quickly on it

Men walked in rubble near St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Elias Orthodox Church last year after a bombing in Damascus, Syria. The United States passed a bill to aid victims of genocide, especially Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.

WASHINGTON — The co-authors of a House bill that will provide humanitarian aid to Christians and other religious groups suffering at the hands of Islamic State militants praised the House passage of the measure June 6 and urged the Senate to quickly act on it.

The House unanimously approved the bipartisan Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act, or H.R. 390, in a voice vote.

Catholics in Congress: one-third of House, one-quarter of Senate

WASHINGTON — The religious makeup of the 115th Congress is significantly Christian — 91 percent — with Catholics comprising one-third of the House of Representatives and about a quarter of the Senate.

Overall, there are six fewer Christians in the new Congress, at 485 members. But there are four more Catholics, who now total 168.

The high percentage of Christians in Congress is similar to the 87th Congress in 1961, the first year such information was collected. At the time, 95 percent of Congress members were Christian.

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