Democracy happens in difficult conversations, when we open our hearts and minds to the possibility that the person who disagrees with us is not motivated by malice and we explore the tensions between our beliefs, that our society progresses.
In late May, we told you about a back-room deal that could give $17 billion more to the Pentagon -- and that would have kept the vote off the record. You stepped up, making hundreds of calls opposing the deal.
Plans to address poverty often to include a plan to combine core safety net programs into a grant given to the states. Called "merged funding streams" or "block grants," these are bad policies. Evidence shows they leave the most vulnerable people in the most dire straits.
The task force has given Congress some worthy ideas to consider and debate. However, FCNL remains concerned that certain task force recommendations, particularly some of the work requirements, could lead to increased hardship for individuals who face serious barriers to employment.
At FCNL, we often talk about the federal budget as a moral document. It outlines the priorities of this country. If ending poverty, advancing economic opportunity, and addressing income inequality are priorities for the U.S., our budget ought to reflect those values.
We were delighted to see that the budget President Barack Obama sent to Congress Tuesday included programs that would lift half a million people out of poverty, reduce child hunger and provide funding to begin to address the impacts of harmful climate change on the world.
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