The Common Good

Faith Leaders and Lawmaker Criticize House GOP Budget on Press Call

Date: March 21, 2012

Half-in-Ten, Sojourners, and Faith in Public Life hosted a telephone press briefing this morning with faith leaders and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) to highlight the faith community’s opposition to Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) immoral, irresponsible “Path to Prosperity” budget plan that prioritizes tax cuts for the wealthy over the basic human needs of the hungry and most vulnerable Americans.


Lisa Sharon Harper, Director of Mobilizing for Sojourners, said Rep. Paul Ryan “Has a religion problem, and it’s a  big one. The Christian tradition and most other religious traditions for that matter call for people of faith to stand up and defend  the poor and vulnerable…Congressman Ryan’s budget is the opposite. It slashes effective programs for low-income people and increases their tax burden at the same time it cuts taxes further for the wealthy and increases military spending without justification. “ As Harper unapologetically stated, the Ryan plan is not an act of bravery (as some on the right have claimed) but merely an act of “moral cowardice”.