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Faith Leaders to Deliver Bottomline for a Moral Budget to Senator Bennet

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December 5, 2012  |  Together Colorado News Release


Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

Faith Leaders to Deliver Bottomline for a Moral Budget to Senator Bennet

What:  Together Colorado faith leaders are holding a news conference about the budgetary decisions facing our blessed nation and the profound moral consequences.  Faith leaders are urging Senator Bennet to: 1) Let the Bush era tax cuts expire for household incomes over $250,000, 2) Protect Medicaid from large cuts or other structural changes, and ensure that costs for the program are not shifted onto the shoulders of beneficiaries or states, 3) Protect the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit from cuts or other structural changes.  Additionally, faith leaders will be delivering a letter and religious imagery of abundance to Senator Bennet’s office.

Why:  Religious leaders, representing people of faith from community organizations working to build opportunity, call on Senator Bennet to build “A Circle of Protection” around programs assisting struggling families. The U.S. Catholic Bishops wrote that Congress must “put the poor first in budget priorities.” Faith leaders believe budget choices about taxes and spending have moral consequences and that the moral test is how struggling families are impacted. Lower-income families deserve dignity and security, and should be protected, not punished. Moreover, cutting programs that help people who are struggling through tough times does not build the prosperity of our communities. Preserving ineffective tax cuts for the wealthy while cutting programs for the most vulnerable amongst us fulfills these criteria of injustice. Faith leaders implore Senator Bennet to do what is right for America and in keeping with the teachings of their faith.

Where:  Senator Bennet’s Office, 1127 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80203

When: Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Who:  Speaking at the news conference will be Colorado faith leaders Pastor Bill Calhoun and Pastor Nelson Bock; Barb Hoover will be giving a Medicaid testimony.

Together Colorado is a non-partisan, multi-racial, multi-faith community organization that unlocks the power of people to transform their communities through community organizing.