Big news that I saw on the wire :
Next week the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on the administration’s decision not to renew funding for United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) program to assist human trafficking victims.
According to news reports, the decision was made due to USCCB’s pro-life stance and funds were withheld despite objections by career staff. The hearing [is] titled “HHS and the Catholic Church: Examining the Politicization of Grants”.
Some background for those of you who haven’t been following this story:
- AmP: 27 Senators Demand HHS Explain Denial of Grant to US Bishops
- Michael Gerson: Obama turns his back on Catholics
- WaPo: Abortion, birth control access at issue in dispute over denial of grant to Catholic group
- WaPo: Health, abortion issues split Obama administration and Catholic groups
Props to the Washington Post, by the way, for reporting this important story.