Advocacy: Congress Adjourns, Celebrate Christmas

The House of Representatives and Senate have adjourned for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Before leaving Washington, D.C. the Senate passed the budget deal we reported on last week. Now, the budget is headed to President Obama’s desk for his signature.
As we breathe a sigh of relief that Congress worked out a budget deal before the deadline in January, we need to remain vigilant to insure that it is not implemented in a way that negatively impacts our brothers and sisters who are poor and vulnerable here at home and throughout the world.  When Congress returns to work in 2014, we’ll know more about the consequences of the budget deal moving forward. 
Thank you for your action and commitment to confront global poverty in 2013! Your actions made a difference for millions of our brothers and sisters around the world. Our most recent webcast celebrating your successes can be reviewed here.
We are all looking forward to spending time with family and friends to celebrate Christmas and the New Year so we will not send out a weekly update until early January.
“Our joyful contemplation of the mystery of Christmas should make us realize that, as God has become one of us, we too are called to become like God: humble, close to others, especially the poor, and ever attentive to their needs. … May we be in this world a ray of that light which shone forth from Bethlehem, bringing joy and peace to the hearts of all men and women.”
                — Pope Francis, General Audience, December 18, 2013

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