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Clergy Urge Super Committee Members to Reject Anti-Tax Ideology

September 20, 2011, 4:43 pm | Posted by Casey Schoeneberger

super committee.jpgOn a press teleconference this afternoon, Catholic and Protestant leaders released a letter signed by 75 clergy calling for Super Committee members to pursue a balanced and compassionate approach to deficit reduction.

On the call, clergy articulated their support for asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share and called for the Congressional Super Committee to represent all people, not just the wealthiest individuals and corporations.

Religious leaders endorsing the letter are constituents of the Super Committee members who have endorsed Washington lobbyist Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge. The letter urges the Senators and Representatives to renounce their “allegiance to this irresponsible pledge and reaffirm [their] oath to represent all Americans, not simply the privileged few.”

The full statement from over 75 faith leaders to Reps. Hensarling, Camp and Upton, and Sens. Kyl, Toomey and Portman can be found here.

UPDATE: Listen to audio of the press conference here: Press Conference.mp3

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