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Sr. Agnes Coveney, Sr. Jo Ann Jansing, Sr. Paula Kleine Kracht and Sr. Janet Marie Peterworh
November 2017

Dear Representative Ryan,

We are writing to you as we enter into the season of Thanksgiving; a time for faith, family, friends and gratitude. We, as a nation, have much to be thankful for, but there is much this year that we must mourn as well—loss of life due to mass shootings with no changes in gun laws, unprecedented hurricanes accelerated by climate change, the DACA repeal, and racially motivated violence, to name a few.

We are serving as the current Leadership Council of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. Teaching Christian living is the corporate ministry of the Ursuline Sisters. This ministry, cutting across socio-economic, racial and national boundaries, assists women, men and children to live more fully and to develop a personal relationship with God. We are writing to you because you are the Leadership of the House and because you are a fellow Catholic.

As you know, Jesus spoke to us through the Gospels, and much of what He spoke of was to love our neighbor as ourselves, and in particular to care for the poor and vulnerable. Our Catholic Church has long held Catholic Social Justice and Teaching as key tenets of our faith, which is based in scripture: in the wisdom of the Hebrew prophets and in the person and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth. We are called to denounce injustices when we see them and seek just ways of living with all of our brothers and sisters.

The federal budget should be a moral document that reflects the priorities of our nation as a world leader. Our shared Catholic faith teaches us that we are in solidarity with each other— that we belong to a single and interconnected human family. The Trump administration’s proposed budget for 2018 is just the opposite of a moral document. It passes deep cuts that hurt the weakest members of society, while lining the pockets of the wealthiest. Some examples of the injustices in this budget are:
• Lowering tax rates for the wealthiest Americans and corporations
• Eliminating taxes on capital gains for the wealthiest investors
• Reducing job training for at-risk-youth, older workers and those with disabilities
• No provisions for paid family sick leave
• Decreasing funding for Child Care block grants and SNAP
• Plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act
• $610 billion in cuts to Medicaid over 10 years
• Reduction in mental health and substance abuse funding and grants
• Increasing funding for border control and detention centers for immigrants
• Increasing predatory programs that arrest undocumented people
• Large cuts to refugee resettlement programs
• Cutting funding for public housing

We thank you for your service to our country. We will pray that God may give you the strength to shape a federal budget that serves all Americans and unites us as one great country.

Sister Janet Marie Peterworth (President)
Sister Paula Kleine-Kracht
Sister Jo Ann Jansing
Sister Agnes Coveney
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