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USCCB: lobby deficit ‘super committee’ on behalf of programs for the poor

November 04, 2011

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development is urging Catholics to “tell the Deficit “Super Committee” and your members of Congress that rising poverty at home and abroad requires them to protect programs that serve poor and vulnerable people.”

“The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (‘Super Committee’) could finalize its plan soon to reduce the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next ten years,” the department’s November 3 action alert continued. “The Super Committee needs to vote on a report to be presented to the House and Senate by November 23rd. But, an agreement needs to be reached soon in order to meet that deadline. If no agreement is reached, automatic across-the-board cuts will go into effect in 2013. Many programs that serve poor and vulnerable people at home and abroad are in danger of receiving devastating and disproportionate cuts.”


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  • Posted by: unum - Nov. 04, 2011 8:54 PM ET USA

    The USCCB position on protecting "programs that serve poor and vulnerable people” is well known. What is not known is the USCCB position on preventing the collapse of the U.S. economy when our debt exceeds our ability to pay the interest and principal. The bishops cannot morally advocate for the continuation of programs for the poor without advocating a source of funding for those programs that will not endanger the U.S. economy.