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Each year, Congress negotiates how to spend U.S. taxpayer dollars through a process called appropriations. Catholic Relief Services and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops advocate on priority accounts to ensure the U.S. government provides robust assistance to alleviate suffering and eliminate hunger and poverty around the world. 

View the Guidance Document for Legislative Meetings for an updated appropriations State of Play, legislative ask and other information to help you prepare for your visit.

The Backgrounder document and Talking Points provide information to help you communicate with your members of Congress about the appropriations process and its connections to global poverty. 

Reference the annual chart of budget accounts for congressional offices that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and CRS advocate for to address global poverty and share it in your communications with members of Congress.

Read examples of the impact of U.S. funding in CRS programs by each key account with the appropriations leave behind document. This document can be shared in English with Congressional offices either before or after a visit on appropriations.

Download the backgrounder or watch the video to learn more.