Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Federal Issues

The Catholic community brings important assets to the political dialogue about our nation's future. We bring a consistent moral framework for assessing issues, political platforms, and campaigns. We also bring broad experience in serving those in need.

While Michigan Catholic Conference focuses its efforts primarily on state-level advocacy, federal policies are addressed in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). MCC will engage Michigan’s congressional delegation if requested to do so by the USCCB. Federal issues of concern include:

  • Efforts to overturn the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that requires all employers to add objectionable services to health benefits offered to employees,
  • Expansion of federal school choice policies into Michigan,
  • Legislation that extends full legal protection to individuals and institutions regarding conscience rights in health care, child placement services, and employment decisions,
  • Comprehensive immigration reform that promotes family unity, streamlines the process for legal immigration, includes a path for low-skilled workers to work in the United States, and includes a path toward citizenship for undocumented persons already in the U.S., and
  • Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to ensure the equitable participation of nonpublic school students and teachers in all federal educational programs.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Catholics Confront Global Poverty

News Releases

  1. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)
  2. Statement Regarding New Lawsuit Filed by Michigan Catholic Conference Against “HHS Mandate” (11/14/13)
  3. Sens. Levin and Stabenow Applauded for Immigration Vote (06/28/13)
  4. Michigan Catholic Conference Files Lawsuit Against Federal Government Over HHS Mandate (05/21/12)
  5. Catholic Conference Praises MI Congressional Delegation Members Who Voted to Support D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (03/31/11)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. 2019–2020: A Blueprint for the Common Good (01/25/19)
    2. The Issues, The Candidates, and Your Vote 2018 (09/28/18)
    3. The Future of Roe v. Wade (08/17/18)
    4. A Blueprint for the Common Good (02/24/17)
    5. Calling for Dignity in the Public Square (10/14/16)
  2. Freedom to Serve (Focus Essay, 9/2017)
  3. For Your Marriage
  4. Por Tu Matrimonio
  5. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  6. Catholics Confront Global Poverty
  7. National Association of State Catholic Conference Directors
  8. National Catholic Bioethics Center
  9. USCCB Initiative: Marriage: Unique for a Reason
  10. Justice for Immigrants
  11. MCC Legal Response to the HHS Mandate (MCC Board of Directors, 5/2012)

MCC in the News

  1. Michigan Launches Census Committee Amid Concerns of Minority Undercount (Detroit Free Press, 06/14/19)
  2. MCC ‘Pleased’ With Decision to Settle Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate (The Michigan Catholic, 10/18/17)
  3. Catholic Church Settles in Contraceptive Litigation (MIRS, 10/18/17)
  4. National Effort on Religious Liberty Seen Helping State Advocacy on Issue (Catholic News Service, 06/23/17)
  5. Refugees Deserve Our Help (Detroit News, 12/18/15)
  6. MCC Pleased Injunction Granted on Contraception Mandate (Detroit News, 01/02/14)
  7. MCC Challenges the Affordable Care Act Contraception Mandate (MLive, 11/14/13)
  8. U.S. Moves Morning-After Pill Over the Counter, Lowers Age Limit to 15 (Detroit Free Press, 04/30/13)
  9. Editorial: Obamacare Suits Seek to Affirm Religious Rights (Detroit News, 05/24/12)
  10. Liberty, Not Birth Control, At the Heart of Dispute (MLive, 02/24/12)


Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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