By Christopher White, National Correspondent
In response to the Trump administration’s 2019 federal budget proposal on Monday, the U.S. Catholic bishops are urging for a budget that shows greater concern for “the least of these” and warning that the U.S. “must never seek to balance the budget on the backs of the poor at home and abroad.”
Bishop Frank Dewane, head of the U.S. bishops’ committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Archbishop Timothy Brogoglio, head of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, reminded the administration that “the federal budget is a moral document, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has consistently urged our national leaders to consider important principles when deciding how to steward the finite resources entrusted to it by the American people.”
Their language echoed similar statements from fall of last year when the U.S. bishops sent letters to congressional leaders in both the House and the Senate.
The bishops’ statement criticized the budget’s underfunding of programs “that serve the poor, diplomacy, and environmental stewardship,” and they noted the bill would include more funding for immigration enforcement and military spending, including on nuclear weapons.
As for its positive assessments, the bishops commended the budget’s prohibition on allowing federal dollars to be spent on abortion and also praised increased spending on the opioid crisis.