human development are not only matters of moral responsibility, but
contribute to a safer and more just and peaceful world,” the told the
committee, adding that severe poverty assaults the human dignity of
millions in many nations.
faith and our nation’s values tell us that the moral measure of our
efforts is how we respond to the ‘least among us’…and whether we seek
justice for all,” they stated.
allocations included $5 billion for global development and humanitarian
assistance, $150 million in employment assistance and poverty relief
for the Palestinian people, and $3.7 billion for morally appropriate
programs to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
debt relief, calling on the administration to put $950 million toward
its commitment to cancel 100 percent of the debt owed by heavily
indebted poor countries, and to increase the number of countries
eligible for debt cancellation.
As migration is
an ongoing phenomenon worldwide, the Catholic agencies estimated that
nearly $1.3 billion should be slated for different types of migration
and refugee assistance.
said $ 3 billion would be needed to fulfill the requirements of the
Millennium Challenge Account, the president’s initiative that promises
to unite poverty reduction with better governance in poor countries;.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services
presented their priorities for 2007 foreign assistance to the House
Appropriations Committee in their testimony March 22.