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USCCB, CRS officials urge: call Congress on behalf of foreign aid for the poor

December 13, 2012

Warning that “the window of opportunity to protect poverty-focused international assistance from steep cuts during fiscal cliff negotiations is closing,” officials of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are urging Catholics to “remind your members of Congress that you want them to balance our nation’s budget. But you want them to do so in morally responsible ways; not on the backs of poor and vulnerable people.”

Stephen Colecchi, the director of the USCCB’s Office of International Justice and Peace, and Bill O’Keefe, vice president for Government Relations and Advocacy at CRS, offer a toll-free number “for quick instructions and talking points. You’ll then be connected to the Capitol Switchboard.”


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  • Posted by: unum - Dec. 14, 2012 7:46 AM ET USA

    It's time for the CRS and the leftist bishops who support it to stop politicking and start following the Sermon on the Mount. I don't recall Jesus mentioning anything about lobbying Congress!

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Dec. 13, 2012 9:03 PM ET USA

    There's slight chance that cutting poverty programs (or anything else) will happen, according to a recent Pew Research report. People want to cut programs in general, but want to keep all the specifics.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Dec. 13, 2012 7:20 PM ET USA

    Sorry, I will not be making any such call.m The majority of our aid goes to the opressors not the needy. I am making the oposite call in fact. We have enoough of our own to care for.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Dec. 13, 2012 5:53 PM ET USA

    I can't believe the disconnect between the USCCB apparatchiks and the fact that the U.S. is bankrupt and can't even pay the interest on its debts. They want to double down and keep the spending going when we don't have the money. Of course what they really want is world wide egalitarianism.