As Christians, our faith calls us to advocate for laws that ensure the just allocation of resources for the good of all. We see our federal budget as a moral document: a reflection of the values and priorities we hold as a nation.
Sadly, current budget negotiations on Capitol Hill do not reflect these values. Earlier this year, President Trump proposed an additional $54 billion in funding for the Pentagon with corresponding cuts to other departments, including the Agriculture Department, Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department, and others. Many of the programs that will be impacted by these proposed cuts offer critical support for the poor, or address urgent needs like climate change and peace building. Cutting these programs is morally wrong.
We call on Congress to reject increases in Pentagon spending, especially at the expense of human needs.
On Monday April 24th, hundreds of faith advocates will be on Capitol Hill as part of the Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference, advocating for a just federal budget and raising a message inspired by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the biblical vision in Isaiah (40:3) of a day when “every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.”
Add your voice to this ecumenical movement by contacting your member of Congress today. Tell them that, as a person of faith, you want them to make budget decisions that advance the common good. Rather than increasing Pentagon spending, urge them to preserve robust funding for programs that help provide support to people living in poverty here and abroad, address systemic racism, and exercise responsible care for the earth.