CCUSA sends letter to Congress on year-end funding priorities

November 18, 2022

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Chuck Schumer
Majority Leader, U.S. Senate

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Minority Leader, U.S. Senate

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Minority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, Leader Schumer and Leader McConnell:

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), with its 167 member-agencies operating over 3000 services sites across 50 states and the U.S. territories, has a long history of serving local communities and alleviating poverty. In 2021, the Catholic  Charities’ nationwide network assisted more than 15 million people. As Congress considers an end-of-the-year spending agreement for Fiscal Year 2023, I urge you to allocate additional funding for critical initiatives that serve low-income communities and fund essential humanitarian and disaster relief efforts. Please include the following priorities in any end-of-the-year funding agreement:

Family and Child Income Support and Nutrition


Disaster and Humanitarian Relief/Emergency Supplemental Funding

Health and Behavioral Healthcare/Medicaid

Immigration/Refugees/Human Trafficking

Charitable Giving and Nonprofits

Nonprofits represent the third-largest employer in the country. Congress should renew and make permanent the universal charitable (non-itemizer) deduction and retroactively restore the Employee Retention Tax Credit.

CCUSA remains committed to carrying out the Gospel mandate of serving people in need and welcoming the stranger. As we carry out this work, we look forward to continued collaboration with Congress and the administration.


Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD
President & CEO
Catholic Charities USA

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