Rep. DeLauro Writes Letter to Cardinal Dolan, Calls for Bishops’ Voices in Budget Debate
Last week, as Paul Ryan was trying to justify his budget with Catholic theology, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) sent a letter to USCCB President Cardinal Timothy Dolan urging him to add his voice to the budget debate.
Highlighting the way the Ryan budget violates the Bishops’ own standards for the framework of a moral budget and makes draconian cuts to crucial safety net programs, DeLauro presses upon the Cardinal the need for Catholic leadership:
The Catholic Church has greatly contributed to the national discourse in this country by expressing a consistent moral framework and by providing a safety net to those individuals whoa re most in need. Given the substantial moral standing of the Church, it is critical that you and other bishops raise your voices on behalf of the poor and vulnerable by personally addressing the devastating impact of this budget and communicating your views to every Member of Congress. It is critical to voice vigorous opposition to these cuts and make the case that the federal budget is a document that should reflect our values and advance the moral responsibilities of government.
In an interview in the Christian Post today, Rep. DeLauro further explained the way her faith influences her politics and pushed back on Rep. Ryan’s implicit argument that the immorality of debt necessitates these cuts:
When you start to address the debt, because debt is a big issue and one has to be concerned about it, the issue is where do you start? And, the tax cuts for those people making $250,000 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop paying the richest corporations in the nation to take their jobs overseas, eliminate the subsidies to the oil and gas industry. The issue is, on whose back do you put the debt?
The Ryan budget does not address debt nor fiscal responsibility. What it does is take care of the very wealthy at the risk of the middle class and people who are poor. That is contrary to Catholic teaching.