CNA Staff, Oct 8, 2020 / 13:01 pm
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Wednesday urged the Trump administration to resume negotiations for further COVID-19 financial relief, after President Trump reportedly ordered negotiations to cease Tuesday.
The bishops on Oct. 7 urged reconsideration "in light of the acute needs of millions of Americans for immediate assistance."
"In this moment of crisis, let us build a society that bends down to help those in need. I ask the President to reverse his decision, and for all parties to return to negotiations as soon as possible," said Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the USCCB's domestic justice committee.
"Tens of millions of Americans urgently need help today. They need help in getting enough food, paying the rent or mortgage, finding work, affording health care, and accessing good schools. We have been imploring lawmakers since April to address these needs."