Inside and outside the corridors of Congress, people wonder, "What in Sam Hill is going on with the House on the farm bill?"
The drama in Texas over abortion that drew national and international attention came to an end for the moment after the state House of Representatives then the state Senate voted to adopt tougher abortion regulations.
Gov. Rick Perry signed the measure into law during a ceremony Wednesday.
The new law prohibits abortions in the 20th week of pregnancy, requires abortion clinics to be certified as surgical centers and increases regulations on doctors and abortion-inducing drugs.
The heads of more than 90 Catholic colleges and universities sent the letter to the Catholic members of the House, calling for them to pass immigration reform.
Catholics need to put aside "any partisan differences" they have on the immigration issue and come together to pray for the welfare of their brother and sister immigrants and for Congress to pass much-hoped-for comprehensive immigration reform, said Bishop David O'Connell of Trenton.
Immigration reform in the United States is "a moral imperative" that goes beyond politics, the bishop said in a pastoral statement he issued for the Trenton diocese's Justice for Immigrants Sunday, observed Sunday.
A key U.S. bishop has written Congress, asking representatives to preserve funding for federal nutritional assistance in any deliberations over a new farm bill.
Wednesday's letter from Stockton, Calif., Bishop Stephen Blaire, chairman of the U.S. bishops' committee on domestic justice and human development, comes as analysts are speculating whether Congress will take up the measure again this year.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday signed into law a bill that requires women who want an abortion to get an ultrasound of their unborn child.
The Obama administration "has now established an accommodation that will allow our ministries to continue offering health insurance plans for their employees," CHA's president said.
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The head of the U.S. bishops' conference pledged Wednesday to continue their fight against the Obama administration over contraception coverage.
Members of Congress left a host of urgent issues unresolved: immigration reform, the farm bill, and the "grand bargain" of a budget.