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Jesus wouldn't cut programs for poor

By Steve Panther on June 23, 2011
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Bread for the World is a faith-based organization that advocates for programs that fight hunger and poverty. At this month's national conference, the focus was on placing a "Circle of Protection" around these programs. Because they protect the most vulnerable, they should be exempt from spending cuts to reduce the federal deficit.

Nearly two-thirds of the budget cuts in the House budget resolution are to programs that assist low-income Americans (Center for Budget and Policy Priorities). The Brookings Institution reports that nearly all of these reductions would go to finance tax cuts, including for those who make $375,000 or more, and not to reduce the deficits.

The time is short. Urge your senators and congressman to resist cuts in programs that support the hungry and poor. What would Jesus do?

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