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Bishops to Senate GOP: Don’t Vote For ‘Morally Indefensible’ Ryan Budget

May 25, 2011, 11:29 am | Posted by ecook
Huffington Post
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An hour ahead of a Senate vote on a controversial GOP budget plan that would dramatically overhaul Medicare, more than two dozen bishops sent a letter to Senators calling the bill “morally indefensible” and urging opposition to it because the proposal’s cuts target America’s most vulnerable citizens.

The budget put forward by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), which sailed through the House along partisan lines last month, “fails the basic tests of justice, compassion and a commitment to the common good,” said the Wednesday letter signed by 27 Protestant bishops from around the country.

“This budget eviscerates vital nutrition programs for mothers and infants (WIC), and makes cuts to Medicaid that will hurt sick children, struggling families and seniors in nursing homes,” the letter continued. “Unlike the Good Samaritan, who stopped to care for a wounded stranger on the side of the road, the House budget turns its back on the most vulnerable at a time of grave economic uncertainty even as it endorses policies that gives tax breaks for the privileged few.”

The bishops, who represent the Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Methodist Church in 19 states, instead called on Senators to come up with a bipartisan budget that “defends human dignity and basic economic security for all Americans.”

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