28 Members of Congress Join Fast to Protest Budget Cuts

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Progressive evangelical leader Jim Wallis is now eleven days into a fast to bring attention to budget cuts in programs that target low-income Americans. He and former Democratic Congressman Tony Hall have been joined by a variety of religious leaders, as well as the leaders of MoveOn.org and SEIU. And now 28 members of Congress (all Democrats) have pledged to support the cause by fasting as well. That’s a lot of hungry people–but, say the fast organizers, nothing compared to the numbers who would go hungry if proposed cuts to anti-poverty and hunger programs pass.

A list of fasting members of Congress is after the jump.

Joe Baca (D-CA)

Karen Bass (D-CA)

Andre Carson (D-IN)

Yvette Clarke (D-NY)

Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)

Elijah Cummings (D-MD)

Susan Davis (D-CA)

Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

Keith Ellison (D-MN)

Sam Farr (D-CA)

Marcia Fudge (D-OH)

Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

Mike Honda (D-CA)

Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL)

Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)

Barbara Lee (D-CA)

John Lewis (D-GA)

Jim McDermott (D-WA)

Jim McGovern (D-MA)

Donald Payne (D-NJ)

Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Terri Sewell (D-AL)

Paul Tonko (D-NY)

Edolphus Towns (D-NY)

Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)

Read more: http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2011/04/08/28-members-of-congress-join-fast-to-protest-budget-cuts/#ixzz1IyJ7sg9H

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  1. Alessandro Canelli ha detto:

    Religious organizations from the National Association of Evangelicals to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have criticized proposed federal budgets to means-tested programs as immoral and unjust. And Wallis, Beckmann, and Hall are attracting support for their fast from an array of partners, including the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Islamic Relief USA, and Meals on Wheels. They haven’t yet decided how long they’ll continue the fast, but Wallis issued an additional challenge to members of Congress who support cuts in anti-poverty programs: be honest. “I want to hear just one of them say out loud that every line item of military spending is more important to the well-being of the country than child nutrition, than child health and vaccinations. They’ve crossed a line, but they want to keep pretending this is all about fiscal responsibility.”

    Read more: http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2011/03/28/religious-leaders-launch-fast-to-protest-budget-cuts/#ixzz1IyJp9uLl

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