Church Leaders Express 'Deep Moral Concerns' to Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON--()--Christian leaders from across the theological and political spectrum today expressed opposition to federal budget cuts that would harm people living in hunger and poverty. Their statement represents the first broad-based, ecumenical response to the ongoing budget debates since the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump.

The Christian leaders belong to the Circle of Protection, a broad coalition of leaders from all the families of U.S. Christianity who have come together around the biblical mandate to protect poor and vulnerable people. They are calling on “political leaders in the House and the Senate to express their faith convictions in their votes.” The Christian leaders flew in from across the country, and will personally meet with members of Congress to deliver the statement.

The statement reads in part, “The Trump Administration’s budget proposal has now been presented to Congress. We believe budgets are moral documents; they reveal our values and show our priorities, whether for families, churches, organizations, or governments. Budgets show who and what we view as important, and, likewise, who and what are not. We have deep moral concerns about the way this budget would impact those we are called to protect...”

The church leaders also reiterated their commitment to working with all members of Congress to build a budget that defends those who need protecting. They urged Congress to improve the U.S. healthcare system in ways that guard the health of people who are most at risk.

“As Congress considers budget and appropriation bills and potential health care legislation, we urge our leaders to approve bills that do not put the lives of the most vulnerable in danger...”

The Trump administration has proposed significant budget cuts to programs for people who are poor, hungry, weak, sick, and vulnerable. This includes cuts to programs such as SNAP (formerly food stamps), Medicaid, and foreign assistance.

Read the full statement with the complete list of signatories here: http://bit.ly/2sxzSQV

The Circle of Protection is a coalition of many and diverse Christian leaders working together for help and opportunity for hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world. www.circleofprotection.us

Contacts

Bread for the World
Chris Ford, 202-688-1077
cford@bread.org
or
Sojourners
Michael Mershon, 202-745-4654
mmershon@sojo.net
or
National Association of Evangelicals
Sarah Kropp Brown
skropp@nae.net

Release Summary

Christian leaders today expressed opposition to federal budget cuts that would harm people living in hunger and poverty.

Contacts

Bread for the World
Chris Ford, 202-688-1077
cford@bread.org
or
Sojourners
Michael Mershon, 202-745-4654
mmershon@sojo.net
or
National Association of Evangelicals
Sarah Kropp Brown
skropp@nae.net