Prayer and Fasting Campaign on Budget Cuts

As Congress continues to debate deep cuts to the federal budget, a coalition of 38 faith-based and anti-hunger advocacy groups launched a new prayer and fasting campaign to protect funding for programs that help poor and vulnerable people in the US and around the world. At a Washington news conference on March 28, several prominent religious leaders said they are beginning a fast to seek God’s help in fighting proposed budget cuts they believe are “immoral.” Watch excerpts from the news conference with Ambassador Tony Hall, retired congressman and executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger; Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World; and Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, and see R&E managing editor Kim Lawton’s follow-up interviews with Beckmann and Hall.