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CRS welcomes budget increase in international anti-poverty aid

December 20, 2011

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has welcomed Congress’s decision to increase international anti-poverty assistance by 3% in the new federal budget. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops had joined CRS in urging Congress not to make deep cuts to these programs.

“Catholics from across the country joined Catholic Relief Services in an unprecedented effort to support the life-saving work of these international accounts,” CRS stated in a press release. “The funding supports life-saving programs such as providing food and shelter to victims of the drought in the Horn of Africa. It also funds basic agriculture, water, and health programs that can lessen the effects of such disasters. In addition, it supports migration and refugee assistance to those fleeing violence, oppression, and disasters.”


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  • Posted by: unum - Dec. 20, 2011 10:04 AM ET USA

    While I am a supporter of CRS, its calls for increased spending from the government are irresponsible and continue the policies that have wrecked our economy and are hurting the working class. It is easy to spend other people’s money and CRS and the USCCB have a record of supporting such expenditures by the government instead of starting programs that unleash the power of the Catholic laity.