Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi meets with anti-poverty activists who are fasting to draw attention to the effect that budget cuts may have on the poor.
While MoveOn.org and other liberal groups are opposed to the $61 billion in budget cuts proposed by House Republican for the rest of the fiscal year, Ruben said they haven’t taken a position on the $33 billion compromise plan that is now being negotiated by Congressional leaders. Ruben said it was still unclear what program cuts would be included in the compromise plan.
The activists have reached out to Republican leaders as well, saying the risk to low-income families transcends partisan politics. They said that their efforts have just begun and that they hope that Members of Congress will soon join them in fasting.
Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis said his group backs cutting federal spending. But he and the others suggested Republicans focus on cutting corporate and energy subsidies instead of social programs.
“Reducing the deficit is a moral thing to do, as we hear around here. But how we reduce the deficit, that’s a moral issue too,” he said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.