Federal Budget Should Build Toward Common Good, Say U.S. Bishops Chairmen

February 13, 2018 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON— After the Trump Administration released its federalbudget proposal, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishopfor the Military Services, USA, chairman of the Committee on InternationalJustice and Peace, and the Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of Venice,Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee onDomestic Justice and Human Development, expressed deep concerns about many ofthe priorities outlined in the blueprint, and called on Congress to "ensure abudget for our country that honors our obligations to build toward the commongood."

The full statement follows:

"The federal budget is a moral document, and the UnitedStates Conference of Catholic Bishops has consistently urged our nationalleaders to consider important principles when deciding how to steward thefinite resources entrusted to it by the American people. Budget decisions oughtto be guided by moral criteria that safeguard human life and dignity, givecentral importance to 'the least of these,' and promote the well-being ofworkers and families who struggle to live in dignity. Our nation must never seekto balance the budget on the backs of the poor at home and abroad. 

Yesterday, President Trump unveiled a budget plan,'Efficient, Effective, Accountable: An American Budget,' that again calls fordeep cuts to vital parts of government, including underfunding programs thatserve the poor, diplomacy, and environmental stewardship. At the same time, theplan calls for increases in immigration enforcement spending and furtherincreases in military spending, including on nuclear weapons. Prohibiting certainabortion providers from receiving federal funds and providing increased resourcesto combat opioid addiction is commendable. However, we urge Congress—and everyAmerican—to evaluate the Administration's budget blueprint in light of itsimpacts on those most in need, and work to ensure a budget for our country thathonors our obligations to build toward the common good."

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