For release January 31, 2012
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Washington DC: NETWORK today issued the following statement regarding federal funding of Catholic human needs programs:
Catholic groups and members of the Obama administration have had some disagreements in recent weeks, but we at NETWORK believe that some Catholic complaints have been exaggerated or misinformed.
One area of disagreement concerns the continuing level of government funding for vital Catholic programs. The truth of the matter is that the Obama administration has actually increased funding for Catholic nonprofit organizations and programs. In fact, more than $1.5 billion went to Catholic organizations over the past two years.
Funding increases for Catholic organizations in recent years include the following:
- An increase from $12.45 million (2008) to $57.89 million (2011) in USDA food assistance to Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
- An increase from just over $440 million (2008) to more than $554 million (2010) to Catholic Charities USA
- Increases in Dept. of Labor