- Mar 30, 2020
Two Catholic leaders have urged Congress to adopt a budget bill that protects programs that serve the country’s poor people, prevents the deportation of young immigrants and upholds environmental stewardship.
The USCCB joined CRS in asking that the U.S. government retain the current level of spending on programs to prevent HIV and AIDS. President Trump has proposed cutting the spending by 17 percent.
“The USCCB is monitoring the budget and appropriations process in Congress very carefully, and is analyzing the proposed House budget resolution in more detail,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.
A study by Bread for the World, a nonpartisan Christian anti-hunger group, found that the budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump for the year 2018 would force every religious congregation in the U.S. to raise an additional $714,000 every year for the next 10 years.
A budget proposal by President Donald Trump last Tuesday faces stiff opposition, including a number of Catholic leaders in the United States. Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, called its mix of cuts in support for the poor and increases in defense spending ‘profoundly troubling,’ while Sister Donna Markham of Catholic Charities termed it ‘disastrous, albeit cruel.’
U.S. bishops have called on lawmakers to decrease military spending and do more to help the poor in the 2018 federal budget. “When the impact of other potential legislative proposals, including health care and tax policies, are taken into account, the prospects for vulnerable people become even bleaker,” the bishops said in a May 19 letter to Congress.