Every weekday at 12:30 p.m., religious leaders and their followers crowd onto the front lawn of the United Methodist Building near the U.S. Capitol to pray for 'a just and compassionate budget.'
'There's nothing in the Bible about whether there should be revenues in the budget package of 2011," said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, a nonpartisan Christian movement working to end hunger in the U.S. and abroad. "But there's nothing in the Bible that says you can't tax rich people. There's a lot in the Bible that says you ought to protect poor people."
These prayer vigils, which last approximately 30 minutes a day and have taken place since Monday, July 11, are organized by religious leaders of various faiths. They say they will not end until there's a budget deal.
Besides praying, the group of interfaith leaders are urging their followers to contact members of Congress. Earlier this month, they sent a letter to President Obama, writing that “people who are served by government program – those who are poor, sick, and hungry, older adults, children, and people with disabilities – should not bear the brunt of the budget-cutting burden.”