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USCCB, CRS, Catholic Charities react to President Obama’s budget proposal

April 16, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) reacted to President Barack Obama’s 2014 budget proposal by calling for “robust funding” for international humanitarian programs.

“We appreciate the administration’s overall commitment to diplomacy, humanitarian response and international development,” stated the USCCB and CRS. “Continued support for programs that save lives such as health and peacekeeping interventions are critical, and we look forward to working with the administration and Congress to ensure robust funding for these and other poverty-focused humanitarian and development programs.”

“While we recognize the fiscal challenges we continue to face as a nation, and acknowledge that social service initiatives will not be immune to the many tough choices that must be made, we must ensure that the nonprofit sector at the front lines of providing aid for those in need is not further harmed federal spending cuts,” Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, said in a separate statement.

The president’s $3.8-billion budget projects a deficit of $744 billion for 2014; the national debt currently stands at over $16.8 trillion.


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  • Posted by: mgreen32234 - Apr. 17, 2013 11:36 AM ET USA

    It only gets worse.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Apr. 16, 2013 7:14 PM ET USA

    Sweet! All is well between the bishops and Obama again.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Apr. 16, 2013 6:48 PM ET USA

    No, robust spending on anything other than our constitutionally required objectives is not right. We got off the track in the last 100 years. Catholics need to robustly fund from contributions organizations that have international humanitarian objectives. For goodness sakes, we are borrowing 40 cents of every dollar spent!