Urge Protection of Programs for Poor and Vulnerable During Current Deficit Reduction Negotiations

Federal ACTION ALERT

BACKGROUND: In their interactions with President Obama and Congressional leaders, representatives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have urged that priority be given to poor and vulnerable persons in the negotiations to reduce the deficit.

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Federal ACTION ALERT

BACKGROUND: In their interactions with President Obama and Congressional leaders, representatives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have urged that priority be given to poor and vulnerable persons in the negotiations to reduce the deficit.

As Bishop Ricardo Ramirez of Las Cruces, NM, indicated, the bishops are not advocating “a particular plan, but a fundamental moral principle: put the needs of the poor first in allocating scarce resources…The poor have no powerful lobbyists, but they have the most powerful moral claim on this process. Please do all you can to defend the poor and vulnerable in all you say and do at this moment of crisis and the hard days ahead.”

Fiscal responsibility is important and our current budget deficit must be addressed; however, a just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons.

More information: USCCB News Release on Meeting with President Obama

ACTION: Please click the link below to send messages to Florida’s leaders in Congress and President Obama urging them to protect programs for the poor and vulnerable in deficit negotiations.

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