Proposed Cuts Threaten Most Vulnerable

CRS President Ken Hackett has joined with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in expressing concern over the proposed budget cuts in the federal budget in a letter sent this week to Congress. They note that proposed legislation on the budget “makes over 26% in cuts for poverty-focused international assistance, but only 2.6% in cuts overall.”

“Shared sacrifice is one thing; it is another to make disproportionate cuts in programs that serve the most vulnerable. It is morally unacceptable for our nation to balance its budget on the backs of the poor at home and abroad,” write Mr. Hackett and Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace.

They also note that assistance that helps poor and vulnerable people abroad is a moral imperative. “Foreign assistance is not simply an optional commitment; it is a moral responsibility to assist “the least of these.” For over 50 years, Catholic Relief Services has partnered with the United States Government to implement some of these priority programs. CRS knows from experience how effectively they can save lives and help the poor achieve their human potential,” the letter says.

Read the press release or view the entire letter.

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One Response to “Proposed Cuts Threaten Most Vulnerable”

  1. Michael Jones Says:

    I get it that the government cannot afford to continue funding for many worthwhile programs. I also get it that simply slashing those line items does not make the needs go away.If the cuts you fear come through, any chance you will be announcing special efforts to fill in the gap? Perhaps a inviting other entities, profit and non-profit, to join a coalition to do just that?

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