Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2013 / 16:17 pm
As the U.S. government shutdown continues, nonprofit aid groups such as Catholic Charities are feeling an added strain on their work at the national and local levels.
"While some may wonder what effect political disagreements in Washington, D.C., could have on people in need across our country," explained Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, "the truth of the matter is that uncertainty, furloughs, and limited resources at federal agencies directly hinder the vital work Catholic Charities agencies do every day."
"The impact of this shutdown is being felt in communities across the nation," he explained in an Oct. 4 blog post.
The government shutdown began on Oct. 1, when federal lawmakers failed to agree on spending authorization bills for the new fiscal year.