Extreme Poverty Bill Moves to the U.S. Senate

Action Alert

Ask Your Senators to Co-Sponsor the Global Poverty Act 2007

WASHINGTON, DC, September 27, 2007-- H.R.1302, a U.S. House bill that calls for a national strategy for dealing with extreme poverty -- the kind of poverty that kills --passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a voice vote on September 25. The bill, also referrred to as the Global Poverty Act 2007, is now in the Senate and will be considered by the Committee on Foreign Relations. The first step to support this bill is to ask Senators to become co-sponosors.

CRS and USCCB Catholic Campaign Against Global Poverty

Almost half of the world's population lives in poverty- over one billion people worldwide live on less than one dollar per day, and another 1.6 billion live on less than two dollars a day.

On coming into the world, man is not equipped with everything he needs for developing his bodily and spiritual life. He needs others. Differences appear tied to age, physical abilities, intellectual or moral aptitudes, the benefits derived from social commerce, and the distribution of wealth. The "talents" are not distributed equally. These differences belong to God's plan, who wills that each receive what he needs from others, and that those endowed with particular "talents" share the benefits with those who need them. These differences encourage and often oblige persons to practice generosity, kindness, and sharing of goods.
Catechism of the Catholic Church

At the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000, the United States joined more than 180 other countries in committing to work toward the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to improve life for the world's poorest people by 2015.

Respect for the human person proceeds by way of respect for the principle that "everyone should look upon his neighbor (without any exception) as 'another self,' above all bearing in mind his life and the means necessary for living it with dignity."
Catechism of the Catholic Church

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals include the goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, that live on less than $1 per day, cutting in half the proportion of people suffering from hunger and unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation, reducing child mortality by two-thirds, ensuring basic education for all children, and reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS and malaria, while sustaining the environment upon which human life depends.

Although we are halfway to the deadline of 2015, not much progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty.

Certain organizations believe that promoting abortion and sterilization can help reduce poverty, which is why we must always be vigilant for attempts to incorporate these in U.S. law or programs supported by the UN. H.R. 1302, however, does not advocate any such measures.

US bishops are strongly supporting the bill.


1. Contact your two U.S. Senators and ask them to help reduce extreme poverty in the world by becoming a co-sponsor of H.R. 1302 in the Senate. Find your Senators

Address to the UN Commission for Social Development Vatican
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