Washington D.C., May 23, 2017 / 02:13 am
Leading U.S. bishops have expressed serious concerns with President Donald Trump's reported budget proposals for the 2018 fiscal year, noting among other fears that the proposals would decrease funding for diplomacy efforts while increasing military spending.
"The human consequences of budget choices are clear to us as pastors," leaders of various committees of the U.S. bishops' conference wrote to members of Congress in a May 19 letter.
"The moral measure of the federal budget is how well it promotes the common good of all, especially the most vulnerable whose voices are too often missing in these debates," the bishops continued.
President Trump's budget proposal for FY 2018 – to be released on Tuesday – will reportedly make deep cuts to Medicaid and other programs, and would eliminate entirely some programs that are tailored toward low-income persons, while increasing military spending and immigration enforcement funding.