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Blog: Onward to a Faithful Budget – With Hope and Prayer

Oct 17, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

The government has re-opened and we have not defaulted on our debt. We now have a Continuing Resolution that funds the government until January 15, 2014 and we have lifted the debt limit until February 7, 2014. We also have yet another bipartisan committee that is supposed to get our country out of our budget quagmire.

Members of the House and Senate were named to the budget "conference committee" to bring together elements of a FY 2014 budget that will be presented to the House and the Senate by December 15, 2013. This is a daunting task, as their starting points (the budgets previously passed in each chamber) are so diametrically opposed to each other. 

The Senate Budget for FY 2014, which NETWORK has supported, includes a just means of eliminating the new sequestration cuts (to go into effect in January 2014) that includes a carefully constructed set of spending cuts and revenue-raisers.  We cannot develop a just and Faithful Budget without some increase in revenue.  The Senate FY 2014 budget funds the government at $1.058 trillion.

House Budget would further reduce spending on social needs, raise no additional revenue, and continue the pattern of more than half of the discretionary budget going to defense. Is this what our nation stands for? The House FY 2014 budget funds the government at $0.976 trillion.

The task of these members of the House and Senate is daunting. They do need our prayers for justice in their work.

Below is a list of the name, party , and state of the members of the "Conference Committee” that will develop recommendations for FY 2014. The names in bold voted "no" on the legislation to end the October 2-16 government shutdown and to raise the debt ceiling. 

Paul Ryan

 R

WI

Tom Cole

 R

OK

Tom Price

 R

GA

Diane Black

 R

TN

James Clyburn

 D

SC

Chris Van Hollen

 D

MD

Nita Lowey

 D

NY

Patty Murray

 D

WA

Ron Wyden

 D

OR

Bill Nelson

 D

FL

Debbie Stabenow

 D

MI

Bernie Sanders

 I

VT

Sheldon Whitehouse

 D

RI

Mark Warner

 D

VA

Jeff Merkley

 D

OR

Chris Coons

 D

DE

Tammy Baldwin

 D

WI

Tim Kaine

 D

VA

Angus King

 I

ME

Jeff Sessions

 R

AL

Chuck Grassley

 R

IA

Michael Enzi

 R

WY

Michael Crapo

 R

ID

Lindsey Graham

 R

SC

Rob Portman

 R

OH

Patrick Toomey

 R

PA

Ron Johnson

 R

WI

Kelly Ayotte

 R

NH

Roger Wicker

 R

MS