Don’t Forget the Poor, U.S. Congress Is Urged

WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 7, 2006 ( The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference urged Congress to make poor people a priority when adopting a new budget.

In a March 3 letter to U.S. House and Senate Budget Committee members, Bishop William Skylstad, said: “I urge you once again to give priority attention to the needs of poor and vulnerable people both here and around the world.”

“Budget decisions reflect not only economic policies, but moral choices as well,” he wrote. “When setting national priorities, Congress should seek genuine bipartisan commitment focusing on the common good of all, and especially the essential needs of the poor and vulnerable.”

The bishop added: “We ask that you support maximum budget authority in those accounts that fund programs to assist poor families and vulnerable children.”