CV LOOP: New Congress convenes — with an ambitious agenda



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.

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.

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

VATICAN // Pope Francis kicks off new year renewing ‘zero tolerance’ policy on abuse.

FREE MARKET // This Texas billionaire wants to teach Millennials how free enterprise works.

CULTURE // Movies with a message: Top faith-based films of 2016.

CATHOLIC // There’s a generation that didn’t know John Paul II – this film is for them.

ON THIS DAY // 1959 – Alaska admitted into the Union.

SAINT // Most Holy Name of Jesus –

DAILY READINGS // Today’s 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.

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of, where he serves as Political Director. 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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