Friday, April 15, 2011

But Not all the Budget News is Good....

Earlier today I posted the good news from The ONE Campaign about the results of the budget compromise on some key international anti-poverty programs.  While we welcome and celebrate that development,the news is not all good.  There are still $38 billion in budget cuts, and those will hurt poor and vulnerable people the most, particularly here at home.
“Congress passed a budget agreement that includes roughly $2.5 billion in cuts to domestic and foreign assistance programs that are vital to vulnerable people,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “While we are thankful they were not as drastic as originally proposed, these cuts will still severely impact people who can least afford them.”
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And that's why Rev. Jim Wallis and Tony Hall from the Alliance to End Hunger will continue their fast through Easter.
“This compromise represents the interests of all those who make big campaign contributions but betrays the poor and vulnerable,” Rev. Wallis said, referring to the 11th-hour compromise brokered Friday night April 8.

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