Bread for the World Urges Congress to Put Hungry and Poor People Back in the Debt Ceiling Discussion
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Washington, DC, July 26, 2011
If Congress does not act quickly to raise the debt ceiling (our country’s credit limit), the United States will default on its financial obligations. In the ongoing debt ceiling and budget debate, hungry and poor people have been left out. Bread for the World issued the following statement today, urging Congress put hungry and poor people back in the discussion:
“Defaulting on our financial obligations will not only be disastrous for the global economy but also for the millions of hungry and poor families in the United States and around the world,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Nearly one in four children in the United States lives in a household that sometimes runs out of food. Around the world, more than one billion people are hungry including 11 million people who are at risk of famine in the Horn of Africa, where tens of thousands have already died.
“People of faith must pray that the president and Congress can come to an agreement that avoids default and protects poor and hungry people in our country and around the world from further hardship.”
Bread for the World and other faith leaders are part of the Circle of Protection, a nonpartisan movement that insists budgets are moral documents and that poor and vulnerable people should be protected—not targeted—in efforts to reduce long-term deficits. Members of the group have met with President Obama and both Democratic and Republican leaders of Congress.
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