Bread for the World Responds to Anticipated Vote on Plan B
Lent Devotions: Luke 22:43-44 February 28
Washington, DC, December 20, 2012
Bread for the World president Rev. David Beckmann released the following statement today in advance of the House of Representatives’ approaching votes on H.J. Res 66 (also known as “Plan B”) and H.R. 6684 (the Spending Reduction Act of 2012):
“Rather than enacting a comprehensive, balanced deficit reduction plan that addresses the fiscal cliff while helping people move out of poverty, these bills hurt our most vulnerable citizens. The bills violate the principle of maintaining a circle of protection around programs for hungry and poor people.
“Plan B and H.R. 6684, the Spending Reduction Act of 2012, make drastic cuts to programs for hungry and poor people. They end important improvements to the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit; cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by $36 billion; ; and eliminate the Social Services Block Grant, which helps fund Meals on Wheels, child care for low-income families , and services for seniors and children who are victims of abuse or neglect. The bills do all of this while raising only $300 billion in revenue towards deficit reduction, allowing millionaires an average tax cut of over $100,000.”
Earlier this week, members of the Circle of Protection, representing a broad spectrum of Christian leaders, released a set of principles regarding the ongoing budget negotiations surrounding the fiscal cliff.
“These bills violate Circle of Protection principles and the notion that we shouldn’t balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable,” said Beckmann.
For more information, please visit www.circleofprotection.us.
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Fito Moreno, Interim Media Relations Manager, 202-688-1138
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