Poor need lobbyists more than rich – bishop

August 27, 2012

The head of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development urged the Senate to retain tax credits that keep low-income Americans from sinking into poverty, saying it would be "unjust and unwise" to let them lapse while addressing tax-cut proposals for higher-income Americans.

"Poor working families and their children may not have the most powerful lobbies, but they have the greatest needs and the most compelling claim," said Bishops Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., the committee's chairman, in a July 25 letter addressed to members of the Senate.