FOR RELEASE: November 5, 2013
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, firstname.lastname@example.org 
Washington DC: During a Capitol Hill briefing today, faith leaders called for an end to sequestration as they also reminded Congress that the federal budget is a moral document that reflects our nation’s priorities.
Sequestration has already harmed vital programs that help people at the economic margins. Deliberately hurting struggling families while maintaining tax breaks for those who are wealthy is immoral. Our nation’s deficit and debt problems must not be solved on the backs of people in poverty.
Sister Simone Campbell, NETWORK Executive Director, commented: “The interfaith community has alternatives to the sequester. It basically comes down to ensuring ‘reasonable revenue for responsible programs.’ This commonsense approach calls on Congress to increase tax revenue in order to pay for effective and accountable programs. It also requires Congress to hold the Pentagon accountable. In these times, Congress cannot continue to give the Pentagon a blank check. There needs to be an audit, accountability measures, competition in awarding contracts, etc. The Pentagon needs to be held to the same level of scrutiny as safety-net programs. We have stabilized our debt as a percentage of GDP, now we must invest in our future. Revenue, accountability and growing the economy are the way forward. These are the real answers to sequestration and creating a healthy economy for the 100