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Bishop urges Senate to retain earned income, child tax credits

July 26, 2012

The chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development is urging the Senate to retain the Earned Income Tax Credit and the refundable Child Tax Credit.

Referring to Catholic teaching on the family wage and family subsidies in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton said in his July 25 letter to senators that “low-income tax credits are pro-work, pro-family, and some of the most effective antipoverty programs in our nation.”

“Every year, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the refundable Child Tax Credit lift millions of American families out of poverty and help them live in dignity and with greater economic security,” he continued. “In particular, it would be unjust and unwise to fail to renew improvements and extensions of low-income tax credits as the Congress addresses tax cuts for middle-income and wealthy Americans.”


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  • Posted by: unum - Jul. 27, 2012 7:32 AM ET USA

    Our bishops play politics while God's people wait for them to "teach as Jesus did". The shepherds are talking to Washington instead of caring for their flocks.