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Circle of Protection: Any Budget Deal Must Protect The Poor
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 19, 2012 11:23 AM
Christian Leaders Call for New Revenue to Protect Programs Serving Low-Income People
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As political leaders near a deal, religious leaders call for Republicans and Democrats to adhere to the basic moral principle of protecting programs that serve low-income people. The leadership of the Circle of Protection, representing a broad spectrum of Christian leaders, has released the following principles regarding the ongoing budget negotiations surrounding the fiscal cliff:
"Leaders of faith communities have come together to offer basic principles for the common good. We believe any budget proposal reflects our moral commitments as a nation. We ask our political leaders to adhere to five basic values in any negotiation.
Our desire is to help make space for good outcomes. We offer support and prayers for our political leaders as they tackle these difficult issues."
The Circle of Protection is composed of more than 65 heads of denominations, relief and development agencies, and other Christian organizations. For more information, please visit www.circleofprotection.us.
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire
Ambassador Tony Hall
Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners: "The faith community is going to be watching these final negotiations closely. I believe every conversation between the President and the Speaker must start with the fundamental assumption that programs that serve low-income people must be protected. The principles articulated by the Circle of Protection should be a moral starting ground for any deal that emerges. Reaching a compromise is important but it cannot compromise the poor and sell out our religious values.
Rev. David Beckmann: "We are praying that our nation's leaders can agree on a compromise, and that it should explicitly exempt poor and hungry people from cuts. That exemption has been part of every deficit reduction deal for the past 25 years, and Congress and the President agreed on it again last year."
SOURCE Circle of Protection
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