U.S. bishops oppose cuts in services to poor

April 30, 2012

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed its concerns over proposed cuts in federal programs serving the country's poorest and most vulnerable people in a series of letters to congressional leaders.

The letters urge Congress to draw a "circle of protection" around programs that serve "the least among us."

The letters were sent after the House of Representatives adopted on March 27 a $3.5-trillion budget resolution – with a $600 billion deficit.

The plan calls for massive spending cuts in non-military programs.

A common message in the letters focuses on the necessity of "shared sacrifice by all, including raising adequate revenues," the elimination of unnecessary military and other spending and fairly addressing long-term costs associated with health insurance and retirement costs.