Bread for the World Urges Congress to Negotiate a Responsible Budget, Protect Programs for Hungry and Poor People
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Washington, DC, May 3, 2011
As Congress reconvenes today, the nation’s debt ceiling, or credit limit, will be at the top of its agenda. Bread for the World issued the following statement today, urging Congress not to cap federal spending at the expense of programs that protect hungry and poor people:
“We applaud Congress for taking concrete steps to solve our nation’s fiscal problems,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “However, we oppose overall spending caps without protections for programs that help hungry and poor people. Caps on total federal spending will force harmful cuts to programs that benefit people in need while simultaneously preventing the government from responding to economic downturns and natural disasters.
“If Congress decides to link a necessary increase in the debt ceiling to budget deals, protecting poor people must be part of the package.
“The best way for Congress to reduce federal deficits is to negotiate a responsible, holistic budget—one that includes cuts in spending as well as increases in revenues and steps to manage issues around burgeoning health care, Social Security, and Medicare costs due to the retirement of baby boomers. Any debt ceiling deal must include a Circle of Protection around programs for hungry and poor people.”
Bread for the World is working with evangelical, Roman Catholic, mainline Protestant, African-American, and Latino Christian leaders to form a Circle of Protection around programs that help hungry and poor people from being cut in the FY 2012 budget debates.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Acting Manager for Media Relations, 202-688-1118