For the fourth consecutive year, you have proposed a budget that cuts crucial programs that serve the poorest and most marginalized people in our nation, while providing unnecessary tax breaks for the wealthiest of Americans.
Previous budgets have come under considerable criticism from American bishops. Two years ago, women religious from across the nation toured the nation to protest it. This year's budget is no better.
The Church in the United States is clear on this issue: you cannot balance the federal budget on the backs of the poor.
We have been encouraged by your speeches and interviews that suggest you are taking poverty reduction and inequality more seriously. We want you to make those promising words public policy.
As your fellow Catholics, we implore you to pass a budget that better serves the poor and asks a little more of our nation's wealthiest citizens.
We pray that you'll be inspired by Pope Francis, who last year said, "I would like to make an appeal to those in possession of greater resources, to public authorities and to all people of good will who are working for social justice: never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity."