Speaker of the House Paul Ryan invited Sister Lorraine Marie McGuire and Sister Constance Veit to attend the State of the Union address last night:
The Little Sisters of the Poor are an order of Catholic nuns who have been serving the elderly poor since their founding over 175 years ago. The Sisters have asked the Supreme Court for protection from the Affordable Care Act's HHS mandate through which the government is forcing them to change their healthcare plans to offer drugs that violate their religious beliefs and threatening them with $70 million in fines per year. The Court will likely hear their case in March. A bipartisan group of 206 Members—including Speaker Ryan—filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of their case. Pope Francis highlighted the organization's work with a surprise visit to their residence in Washington last September.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — One day ahead of President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address, Rep. Keith Ellison is asking members of Congress to bring a Muslim as their guest.
Ellison is the first Muslim elected to Congress. He says his letter is a response to what he calls “hateful rhetoric” against Muslims in the U.S.
“This is a way to say: Not on our watch,” he said.
The letter from Ellison and Democratic Party Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is asking every member of Congress to invite a Muslim to the president’s address in a stand against hate.