National Faith Leader Denounces Trump’s “Work Requirements” for Public Assistance


April 11, 2018


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National Faith Leader Denounces Trump’s “Work Requirements” for Public Assistance


Washington, D.C. -- President Donald Trump has signed an executive order calling on federal agencies to link aid they give to work requirements. There are few programs for which this is applicable, mostly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid or federal housing subsidies.


Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO, Faith in Public Life, and Former Chair of the White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships:


“These work requirements represent a shameful and immoral attack on struggling families. Government has a responsibility to protect our neighbors, but this executive order will only harm them by making it more difficult for families to get the food, shelter and medical care they so desperately need.”


“The prophets of the Hebrew Bible had strong words for leaders like President Trump: ‘Woe to those who … deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people.’ (Isaiah 10:1-2, NIV). I pray that President Trump repents for his wicked decisions, grants the poor their rights and gives justice to the oppressed.”




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