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August 2, 1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana III II Bishops to urge Clinton to veto welfare reform legislation WASHINGTON (CNS) - The U.S. Catholic bishops will urge President Clinton to veto wel- fare reform legislation approved by Congress because it "under- mines the national safety net," said the chairman of the bish- ops' Committee on Domestic Policy. The legislation also "unfairly targets legal immigrants and re- duces help for the hungry," said Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., in a statement released in Washington July 25. The House and Senate both have passed sweeping reform measures. . By a vote of 256-170, House members July 18 approved a bill that Republicans said would save about $60 billion over six years. The Senate voted 74-24 on July 23, approving a similar reform measure that Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., said Would end welfare as a "way of life." Under both measures, re- Sponsibility for government cash assistance to families with de- pendent children would pass from Washington to the states in block grants. Benefits would carry time limits of five or fewer Years, work requirements and a food-stamp cutoff for able-bod- ied adults with no dependents. A family cap provision - pro- hibiting states from giving cash aid to children born to mothers ho are currently welfare recip- :lents - is part of the House bill but was deleted from the Senate bill. Each bill also has some exclu- for current and future lgal immigrants regarding food cash benefits and Med- KREMPP LUMBER CO. BUILDING MATERIAL SUPPLIES & GENERAL CONTRACTING HOMECENTER CONSTRUCTION q2-1961 482-6838 icaid. Focusing on the Senate ver- sion of welfare reform, Bishop Skylstad said that body made a "wise decision to abandon the family cap which encourages abortion and hurts children," Bishop Skylstad said. "However, the Senate refused to address other fundamental flaws in the legislation," he con- tinued. He said the measure "falls far short" of the bishops' criteria for reform and "simply reduces resources and shifts re- sponsibility, rather than really reforming welfare." "As longtime supporters of welfare reform, we are deeply disappointed with the Senate action on welfare legislation," he said. "The nation urgently needs true welfare reform," he added. "This legislation reflects the needs of politicians more than the needs of poor children. We believe the moral measure of our nation is how we treat 'the least among us.' Tragically this legis- lation fails this test." Before the lawmakers voted, the bishops made a last-ditch ef- fort to alter major provisions of the welfare reform bills. In letters sent to representa- tives July, 16 and senators July 17, the bishops urged major changes to the bills to remove the family cap, reduce cuts in food and nutrition programs, avoid targeting legal immi- grants, and continue providing a safety net for poor families and children. The bishops also expressed concern over cuts in the Earned Income Tax Credit, also known, as EITC, a federal program that JASPER LUMBER CO. COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE Ph: 482-1125 RT. 4, JASPER Christian Books & Gifts Bey & Charlie Mendel, owners (812)T/ 416 Jackson St. Jasper, IN47546 helps low-income working fami- lies by reducing their tax bur- den. A similar letter was sent to Leon Panetta, chief of staff for President Clinton, asking the administration to seek changes in the measures. "The target of reform ought to be poverty, not poor families," said Bishop Skylstad in the let- ters. The bishops had urged leg- islaters not to abandon "the fed- eral government's necessary role in helping families overcome poverty and meet their chil- dren's basic needs." The bills now go to conference for reconciliation, and Republi- can leaders said they hope to have a final bill ready by the Au- gust congressional recess. SCRIPTURE SEARCH By Patricia Kasten GIVE THEM FOOD Gospel for Sunday, August 4, 1996 Matthew 13: ! 3-2 ! Following is a word search based on the Gospel reading for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, A Cycle, a lesson in the giving of one's self. The word clues are left to right in the order in which they appear in the reading. JESUS BOAT- PLACE CROWDS FOLLOWED TOWNS EVENING VILLAGES FOOD GIVE THEM TO EAT LOAVES ORDERED GRASS TWO FISH LOOKED UP HEAVEN BLESSED BROKE GAVE TWELVE BASKETS WOMEN CHILDREN B O S E D K T O W R O B F T I D S D H C E V D J A T D P D F O O D T G A L L i V D B E O N E V A E H N A W W E O D C J E D S O N M T R E R S D K L S O O E D E S S E L B W E L V E A D T O D- B I A S- A R D S F G H O U J O G E D L F L S L O O K E D U P E N ! N G X C D E B G I V E T H E M S H (c) 1996 Air Publishing Co. III 15 Grand Opeu00lug A00agust 5th, .Register to Win $50 in Merchandise Finally,00a School Uniform r " Shop in Evansvdle,, New & Used Uniforms Trade-in Policy Vogcl Road, Evansvi|lc, Indiana 47715 812/4,76-6589 ,, ,, , -- _ _ . -