May 23, 2013
The debate about changing the way the U.S. provides emergency food aid has been a lively one in Washington, DC, but changes proposed by the Obama administration may not make it through Congress. From America Magazine.
April 22, 2013
Catholic Relief Services supports the goals of the President’s proposal to reform food aid and urges authorizing legislation to preserve changes.
April 2, 2013
PODCAST: An important tool in the fight against hunger and poverty is our voice. Each February, Catholics gather in Washington, D.C. to raise their voices on behalf of poor families in the United States and overseas.
February 22, 2013
If Congress does not agree on a debt reduction proposal, spending cuts will be triggered which could threaten the lives of low-income people. From Catholic News Agency.
January 15, 2013
From National Catholic Reporter, a piece on the challenges facing the 113th Congress (with quotes from Bill O’Keefe, the senior director for advocacy at CRS): The new Congress was sworn in to office Jan. 3 and President Barack Obama’s inauguration will be held Jan. 21. There is a Wells Fargo bank exactly halfway between the [...]
November 30, 2012
Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tuscon, chairman of the CRS board, wrote a compelling guest column for the Arizona Daily Star on why Congress should not cut funding for international aid that helps reduce poverty. He writes: In the aftermath of a long and drawn-out political campaign, an election and the destructive superstorm Sandy, we [...]
May 24, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md., May 24, 2012—Catholic Relief Services congratulates the Senate Appropriations Committee for maintaining and even strengthening funding for international poverty-focused development and humanitarian programs, including significant gains for funding disaster assistance and aid to migrants and refugees. “Americans once again are showing our commitment to sending a lifeboat to those in need, even in [...]
May 15, 2012
WASHINGTON—Congress should continue to support laws that promote transparency among companies that mine in the Congo and to “resist watering down SEC regulations to half measures that may save money, but cost lives.” said Bishop Nicolas Djomo Lola, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Congo, in May 10 testimony to the House Financial [...]
May 11, 2012
WASHINGTON–Catholic Relief Services expresses its appreciation for the actions of the House Appropriations subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs for maintaining funding levels for the Presidents’ Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other poverty-focused aid accounts in a bill reported out of the subcommittee this week. “We understand that this is a [...]
May 3, 2012
Bishop Robert Guglielmone of the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., has an op-ed in this morning’s edition of the Post and Courier urging Congress to preserve poverty-focused international assistance programs in the federal budget. I do not envy our elected officials these days. They are faced with many difficult choices, with many pressures coming from different [...]