Episcopal Church action on House of Representatives’ Task Force on Poverty, Opportunity, and Upward Mobility

Resolved, That the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, meeting in Chaska, Minnesota from June 8-10, 2016 recognize poverty in the United States as a blot on the character of our nation and that as Christians, apart from loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves, there is no higher mandate than a commitment to the poor, the widow, the child, the stranger, the sick, or the prisoner; and be it further

Resolved, That the Executive Council applaud Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and the House of Representatives’ Task Force on Poverty, Opportunity, and Upward Mobility for their initiative  on poverty as contained in “A Better Way; our Plan for America”—a plan offered on hunger and poverty and the policies required to end them in the United States—in a chaotic time in our nation when conversation about the poor and marginalized is desperately needed; and be it further 

Resolved, That the Executive Council call for bipartisan conversation and commitment to policies that alleviate poverty and hunger in the United States with programs that:

• encourages a focus on childhood education and criminal justice reform recognizing that the racial inequities where these issues are linked are abhorrent and require attention by a just society

• supports efforts to reduce inefficiencies in federal poverty programs with scarce resources but not at the expense of reducing the funding of programs that are successful when adequately funded and where strong linkages between job training, work and supports are well integrated

• opposes any type or form of “block grants” to states of federal that effectually reduces access to those programs to those who are legally entitled to support as a national commitment to the poor and most vulnerable in the United States because the federal programs that form the social safety net in our nation has often kept the most vulnerable of our country from destitution, hunger and homelessness and remains urgent for many in our communities and our parishes; and be it

Resolved, That the Executive Council encourage all Episcopalians to be advocates with policy makers at the local, state and federal level to make eliminating poverty a national conversation and form a commitment to the social safety net in our nation and that the Secretary shall communicate this resolution to appropriate leaders of Congress.

Explanation

The plan is found here http://abetterway.speaker.gov/