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Faith Leaders Disappointed in Lack of Leadership in Washington to Resolve Budget

March 1, 2013

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March 1, 2013

Media Contact:
Stephanie Gustafson
Communications, Together Colorado
Stephanie@togetherco.org
720.838.6392

Faith Leaders Disappointed in Lack of Leadership in Washington to Resolve Budget

Denver, CO - Today was the last day for Congress to prevent our nation from facing the drastic effects of the sequester. At midnight, $85 billion in spending cuts to vital social safety net programs will go into effect, causing thousands of low-income families to lose vital benefits. This crisis could have been averted had congress shown the leadership that our nation needs.

Together Colorado faith leaders are urging our federal lawmakers to not delay acting any longer and to pass a budget plan that increases revenue and does not cut any funding to entitlement programs. Rev. Paul Carlson, a leader with Together Colorado and minister of Our Savior's Lutheran Church , said, "As a pastor, I work with Colorado families who need these programs so that they can provide basic necessities. The inaction of Congress has profound and damaging effects for low-income families, effects that have real consequences in the well being of Coloradans."

Together Colorado faith leaders and clergy understand that partisan politics played a role in our nation reaching sequestration. "We urge Congress to move beyond party lines and to act in the best interest of low-income families by passing a budget which reflects the moral principles of our faith," said Rev. Carlson.

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