The USCCB works to apply Catholic social teaching to domestic issues in the public policy arena by advocating on behalf of the poor and vulnerable on a wide range of legislative matters. The USCCB promotes family and child friendly policies, access to healthcare, reform of the welfare policies and addresses issues of poverty including housing and homelessness, hunger, labor and wage concerns. The USCCB works for the preservation of the environment with a particular emphasis on rural life issues. In addition, the USCCB monitors legislation dealing with individual dignity as governed by civil rights laws. We encourage you to visit the web site of the USCCB department of Domestic Social Development for more information.
Legislative Issues in the 111th Congress:
Children and family issues, particularly the poor:
Support adequate funding of safety net programs such as WIC, supplemental nutrition assistance program (food stamps) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).
(See International Justice and Peace)
Support efforts to reduce poverty and encourage self sufficiency.
Urge that the needs of poor families and children are addressed in economic recovery plans.
Support budget and tax provisions that would protect and assist poor and vulnerable families and children.
Support expanding health care coverage to the 45 million uninsured Americans, efforts to improve the quality and access to health care and improvement of public programs.