Friday, June 30, 2017

Analysis: Our churches can’t make up for Trump's proposed federal budget cuts

RELIGION NEWS SERVICE
By Emily McFarlan Miller

A nonprofit has calculated that every religious congregation in the U.S. — Christian or otherwise — would have to raise an additional $714,000 every year for the next 10 years to make up for the 2018 budget cuts President Trump has proposed. “There is no way our country’s 350,000 religious congregations can make up for the cuts in the services that help hungry, poor, and other vulnerable people,” the Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, said in a written statement. “Congress should not justify budget cuts by saying that churches and charities can pick up the slack. They cannot.” [More]
Bread for the World, a bipartisan organization mobilizing Christians to urge their lawmakers to end hunger at home and abroad, has figured every religious congregation in the U.S. would have to raise an additional $714,000 every year for the next 10 years to offset the budget cuts in President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget. Infographic courtesy of Bread for the World