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Call for a Budget That Serves the Whole Human Family
Last Monday, President Bush sent his FY 2008 budget request to Congress. The continuing cost of war in Iraq and Afghanistan – as much as $145.2 billion this coming year – seriously reduces the resources available to respond to human need at home and abroad.

In some areas, particularly our nation's response to deadly poverty and disease abroad, the budget is consistent with our nation's tradition of compassion and justice for the whole human family. In other areas – including children's health, energy assistance for the poor and elderly, and nutrition programs for senior citizens – the budget makes severe cuts that undermine the moral witness and identity of our nation.

Even in times of increased war spending, policymakers should not be asked to pit the needs of the poor and vulnerable at home against our nation's need to respond to the life-and-death struggles of people around the world.

This is only the beginning of the complicated budget process. In the coming months, we will be asking you to write about specific programs at pivotal times as the budget progresses.

TODAY, CLICK HERE to send a message to Congress urging lawmakers to pass a budget consistent with our nation's values of compassion and justice for the whole human family.

Click here for more information on funding for critical programs.

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