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Additional Documents, Letters, & Statements

2020-2019

USCCB-CRS Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo Regarding Proposals to Condition International Assistance Based on Promotion and Protection of Religious Freedom
Bishop David J. Malloy and Mr. Sean Callahan, December 12, 2019

USCCB-CRS Letter to Congress Supporting the Global Child Thrive Act
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and Mr. Sean Callahan, November 14, 2019

Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo Regarding Rescission of International Assistance Funds
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and Bishop Gregory J. Mansour, August 15, 2019 

News Release: USCCB Committee Chairman of International Justice and Peace and the CEO of Catholic Relief Service respond to Administration’s call for rescissions of $2-4 billion of funds for State Department and USAID
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and Mr. Sean Callahan, August 13, 2019

Written Testimony Regarding FY 2020 Appropriations Submitted to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, June 3, 2019

Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo to urge him to continue funding poverty-reducing development and humanitarian assistance at Congressionally appropriated levels to the people of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador from Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, and Mr. Sean Callahan, May 15, 2019

Written Testimony on FY2020 Appropriations Submitted to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, March 12, 2019

2018-2016

Letter to House of Representatives Expressing Support for the Global Food Security Act
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and Mr. Sean Callahan, June 28, 2018

Letter to Congress Requesting Full Funding of Poverty-reducing Humanitarian, Development, and Migration Accounts in Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Budget
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Bishop Joe Vásquez, and Mr. Sean Callahan, April 10, 2018

Letter to Congress on Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, April 2, 2018

Joint Letter to Congress Regarding 2018 Farm Bill
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Mr. Sean Callahan, Sr. Donna Markham, Mr. James Ennis, Mr Ralph Middlecamp
February 5, 2018

USCCB-CRS Letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Urging Support of the Protecting Girls' Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Bishop Joe P. Vásquez and Mr. Sean Callahan, January 30, 2018

Letter to Senate Requesting Protection of International Poverty-Reducing Humanitarian and Development Assistance in FY2018 Appropriations Budget
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, December 11, 2017

Letter to Secretary of State Tillerson on Assessment of State Department and USAID Operations
Bishop Oscar Cantú, October 31, 2017

Letter to Congress on Moral Criteria to Guide Difficult Decisions During Federal Budget Process
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Bishops Oscar Cantú, Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, Bishop George V. Murry, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, August 31, 2017

USCCB-CRS Letter to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Requesting Protection of International Poverty-Reducing Humanitarian and Development Assistance in Fiscal Year 2018
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Mr. Sean Callahan, July 17, 2017

USCCB-CRS Letter to House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee Requesting Protection of International Poverty-Reducing Humanitarian and Development Assistance in Fiscal Year 2018
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Mr. Sean Callahan, July 10, 2017

USCCB-CRS Letter to Congress Regarding Appropriations Budgets and Protection of International Poverty-reducing Humanitarian and Development Assistance Programs
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Mr. Sean Callahan, April 24, 2017

USCCB-CRS Letter to Congress Regarding Protection of Funding for Poverty-focused Humanitarian and Development Assistance
Bishop Oscar Cantú, Bishop Joe Vásquez, Mr. Sean Callahan, March 17, 2017

Letter to Congress Addressing the Moral and Human Dimensions of the Federal Budget
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Bishop Oscar Cantú, Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, Bishop George V. Murry, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, March 3, 2017

USCCB-CRS Letter Requesting Congress to Maintain Robust Top Line Funding Level for the FY 2018 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs
Bishop Oscar Cantú, Bishop Joe Vásquez and Mr. Sean L. Callahan, February 14, 2017

Letter to Congress Fiscal Year 2017 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Dr. Carolyn Woo, October 27, 2016

Letter to Congressional Leaders Requesting Robust FY 2017 Funding of International Poverty-reducing Humanitarian and Development Assistance
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Dr. Carolyn Woo, February 17, 2016

2015-2000

Background on Sustainable Development Goals
September 2015

Written Testimony to House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Regarding Appropriations for FY2016
Bishop Oscar Cantú, March 23, 2015

Letter urging Congress to Resist Cuts to Domestic and International Food Aid and to Conservation and Rural Development Programs
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Bishop Oscar Cantú, Sr. Donna Markham, and Dr. Carolyn Woo, March 19, 2015

Letter to Congressional Leaders Regarding Funding for International Poverty-Reducing Humanitarian and Development Assistance
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Dr. Carolyn Woo, March 9, 2015

Letter to Congress on Federal Budget Resolution for FY2016
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Bishop Oscar Cantú, February 27, 2015

Letter to Congressional Leaders on Ebola
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, November 6, 2014

Letter to National Security Advisor Rice on Ebola Outbreak
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, September 23, 2014

Letter to Senate on Cargo Preference Regarding U.S. Flagged Ships
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, May 28, 2014

Letter to Congress Regarding FY15 International Assistance and List of Poverty-focused International Assistance Programs Supported by USCCB and Catholic Relief Services
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, March 27, 2014

Joint Letter to Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and House Committee on Foreign Affairs on PEPFAR
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, October 2, 2013

Letter to G8 from Bishops' Conferences of G8 Nations
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, June 3, 2013

Joint Letter to Senate Agriculture Committee on the Farm Bill
Bishop Stephen Blaire, Bishop Richard Pates, Rev. Larry Snyder, Dr. Carolyn Woo, Mr. James Ennis, May 9, 2013

Testimony to the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee on the FY 2014 Budget
Bishop Richard E. Pates, March 20, 2013

Letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committees on Poverty-Focused International Assistance
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, November 16, 2012

Letter to Senate Regarding Sequestration
Letter to House Regarding Sequestration
Bishop Stephen Blaire and Bishop Richard Pates, November 13, 2012

CRS-USCCB Testimony on International Assistance to the Senate Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operation
Mr. Sean Callahan, Catholic Relief Services, May 1, 2012

Joint Letter to Chairman and Ranking Member of House Appropriations Committee
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, April 17, 2012

Joint Letter to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, FY 2013
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire and Bishop Richard E. Pates, April 16, 2012

Testimony Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs
Mr. Sean Callahan, Executive Vice President for Overseas Operations and Related Programs, Catholic Relief Services, March 30, 2012

Joint Letter to Chairman and Ranking Member of House Appropriations Subcommittee for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, March 28, 2012

Joint Letter to Chairman and Ranking Member of Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for State and Foreign Operations and Related Programs
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, March 23, 2012

Joint Letter to Chairman and Ranking Member of House Appropriations Subcommittee for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, March 20, 2012

Letter to Congress on the 2013 Federal Budget
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, Bishop Richard E. Pates, March 6, 2012

Letter on International Assistance Funding to the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs
Bishop Richard E. Pates, Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, March 1, 2012

Background on International Assistance
February 2012

Letter to Appropriations Committee Leaders on Poverty-Focused International Assistance
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Ken Hackett, December 8, 2011

Letter to the Senate on Funding for Poverty-Focused International Assistance
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard and Ken Hackett, November 2, 2011

Letter to House Appropriations Committee on Poverty-focused Budget Cuts
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard and Ken Hackett, October 19, 2011

Poverty-Focused International Assistance Programs Supported by USCCB and CRS
September 2011

The Deficit "Super Committee" and Protecting the Poor at Home and Abroad
PowerPoint Presentation, September 23, 2011

Letter to Super Committee: Treatment of Jobless, Hungry And Homeless Is Moral Measure of Deficit Reduction
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire and Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, August 31, 2011

Letter to Super Committee Chairs on International Assistance
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, October 7, 2011

Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee on Cuts to Poverty-Focused Assistance
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard and Ken Hackett, August 24, 2011

Letter to House Appropriations Committee on Cuts to Poverty-Focused Assistance
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard and Ken Hackett, July 29, 2011

Letter to House on Moral Dimensions of Ongoing Budget Debate
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire and Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, July 26, 2011