The National Council of Churches USA, which opposes proposals to cut $50 billion in social programs from the federal budget, praised Congress Thursday for delaying action on the cuts.
The proposed amendments would reduce childcare benefits, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, student loans and other social programs. The NCC said yesterday in a letter to U.S. senators that the cuts are “inconceivable” at a time when millions of poor people are still dealing with the devastating affects of recent hurricanes.
Congress will take another look at the budget next week before final action is taken.
Signed by NCC President Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr. along with other leaders representing 17 of NCC’s member denominations, the letter stated, “This
is not the time for the budget reconciliation process to create greater hardships for those who are already experiencing great suffering. To do so is not only unjust; it is a sin.”
The full text of the letter and the list of signatories is available at the link.