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Religious Leaders Stage "Faithful Filibuster" Across From US Capitol

Religious leaders frustrated by the federal budget deadlock are staging what they call a "faithful filibuster" across the street from the U.S. Capitol, reading the more than 2,000 Bible verses they say express God's concern for the poor.

41WMGT on October 9, 2013

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Faithful Filibuster: Christian leaders read Scripture, exhort Congress to care

Under a cloudy and drizzly sky, across the street from the U.S. Capitol, David Beckmann read passages from the prophet Isaiah.

The Washington Post on October 9, 2013

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Catholic, other religious leaders decry U.S. government shutdown

Anticipating the worst, religious leaders gathered the day before the federal government shut down to denounce what they called "political brinkmanship. 

Catholic News Service on October 1, 2013

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Faith leaders fear for poor in U.S. shutdown

A group of U.S. faith leaders warned today that the impending shutdown of the U.S. government has “enormous implications,” both at home and abroad, for the poor and those trying to fill in the gaps to support them.

The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church on October 1, 2013

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Religious leaders unite against ‘immoral’ shutdown

While most of the commentary about the shutdown has focused on the politics involved, religious leaders are concerned about the moral implications.

msnbc on October 1, 2013

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Government Shutdown Update: Progressive Pastor Tells Tea Party to 'Read Their Bibles'

A group of liberal Christian leaders blasted the Tea Party today over the looming government shutdown, saying that the folks who comprise the movement should, “read their Bibles.”

The Christian Broadcasting Network on September 30, 2013

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Faith leaders call budget crisis 'morally irresponsible'

On eve of a federal shutdown, Rev. David Beckmann is fed up with government brinksmanship — and he’s far from alone.

Deseret News on September 30, 2013

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Quote of the Day: Bread for the World President David Beckmann

“Churches do their best to cope with need in their communities but the government shutdown and a default on U.S. debt would have economic impacts that would just swamp what we’re doing through our congregations.”

Religion News Service on September 30, 2013

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CWS, Faith Leaders Warn Against Brinkmanship in Budget Talks

Responding to the threat of a possible shutdown of the U.S. government, CWS President and CEO, the Rev. John L. McCullough joined faith leaders in denouncing the political posturing and brinksmanship that have pushed the nation to the edge of a partial cease in government operations for the first time in 17 years.

CWS on September 30, 2013

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Editorial, 9/30: Fortenberry's independence inspiring

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry once again has shown himself to be a leader of courage and conviction with his vote against draconian cuts in federal food aid.

JournalStar.com on September 29, 2013

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Christians quarrel over whether to cut food stamps

The U.S. House passed a bill last week that would cut the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — or, in common parlance, food stamps — by $39 billion over the next 10 years.

Deseret News on September 26, 2013

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House Vote Could Worsen Food Insecurity

A vote by a majority of Republican members of the House of Representatives to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistant Program (SNAP) could further jeopardize millions of people receiving assistance.

The Washington Informer on September 25, 2013

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How House Republicans Are Preaching A False Gospel About Food Stamps

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to battle over whether or not to cut funding for federal food assistance programs, House Republicans are wielding a bizarre new weapon in their attempt to gut government services that help the poor: bad Bible skills.

Think Progress on September 25, 2013

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Should Christians Support Food Stamps Cuts? Depends on Who You Ask

Christian advocacy groups are at odds over whether a 10 year, $39 billion cut to food stamps that the House of Representatives passed earlier this week would improve the livelihood of America's poor.

The Christian Post on September 21, 2013

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The GOP’s Gut Punch to Food Assistance

For nearly 48 million Americans who depend on help provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to buy groceries each month, the news out of Washington yesterday will likely put them on edge. The GOP-led House passed a food assistance bill that, if it becomes law, will cut the benefits of nearly four million people next year.

TakePart on September 20, 2013

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House approves bill with deep food stamp spending cuts

The Republican-run House of Representatives voted to cut spending on food stamps for the poor by $40 billion over 10 years on Thursday, defying a veto threat from the White House in the name of fiscal reform.

Chicago Tribune on September 19, 2013

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SNAP recipients will see decreased benefits on November 1st

On November 1st, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will lose $5 billion in federal funds.

KSFY ABC on September 18, 2013

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Close vote looms in U.S. House on big Republican food-stamp cuts

Food-stamp defenders appealed for two dozen Republican defectors to help kill their party's proposed $40 billion cut in the main U.S. antihunger program as a close vote nears later this week in the House of Representatives.

Reuters on September 17, 2013

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House Republicans Planning Cut to Food Aid

House Republicans want to require more adults who receive federal food stamp assistance to get a job in order to qualify.

wgrz.com on September 17, 2013

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Guest: Proposed cuts to food stamps devastating

THE U.S. Department of Agriculture currently ranks Washington as the 15th hungriest state in the nation. Ours is a state rich in resources and praised for innovations in charitable giving and the delivery of social services.

The Seattle Times on September 13, 2013

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