CV LOOP: New Congress convenes — with an ambitious agenda

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115th CONGRESS // Today is the first day of the 115th Congress. Republicans retain control of both the House and the Senate, albeit with slightly smaller majorities. And they have a very ambitious agenda. Their number one priority? Repealing Obamacare. http://cvote.it/2hMo1ec

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY // A federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction against the controversial Obamacare mandate that requires religious doctors to violate their medical judgement and religious beliefs to perform gender reassignment surgeries and other transgender procedures. http://cvote.it/2hMiaWe

CHILD CARE // Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is working with Ivanka Trump on legislation to make child care more affordable for working Americans. http://cvote.it/2hMDNFF

VATICAN // Pope Francis kicks off new year renewing ‘zero tolerance’ policy on abuse. http://cvote.it/2hMjjNu

FREE MARKET // This Texas billionaire wants to teach Millennials how free enterprise works. http://cvote.it/2hMx6nf

CULTURE // Movies with a message: Top faith-based films of 2016. http://cvote.it/2hMj8BU

CATHOLIC // There’s a generation that didn’t know John Paul II – this film is for them. http://cvote.it/2hMhpfA

ON THIS DAY // 1959 – Alaska admitted into the Union. http://cvote.it/2hMu4PN

SAINT // Most Holy Name of Jesus – http://cvote.it/DailySaint

DAILY READINGS // Today’s readings – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings

WITNESS // A new study shows Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world, with more than 90,000 Christians killed in 2016. http://cvote.it/2ixGaec

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer is also regular contributor with Catholic Pulse. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.

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