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Press Release: After Paul Ryan Addressed Far Right “Values Voters,” Faith Leaders, Including the Leader of “Nuns on the Bus,” Offered Contrasting Vision for a Compassionate, Balanced Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2012 

Stephanie Niedringhaus, NETWORK, 202-347-9797, ext. 224,
Connie Larkman, United Church of Christ, 216-736-2196,
Adam Muhlendorf, 202-265-3000,

**Click here for audio of the call**

Today, faith leaders came together to offer a vision for the nation’s priorities that stands in stark contrast to the budget put forth by vice presidential candidate and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as he addressed the extremist Values Voters Summit this morning. Rep. Ryan has claimed the budget he has proposed, which ends the guarantee of Medicare, slashes Medicaid and guts services for low-income Americans, is a reflection of the values he learned from his Catholic faith. Sister Simone Campbell of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby, is part of a broad range of religious leaders who has called on Congress to pass a “Faithful Budget,” which offers a balanced approach to priorities that does not unduly burden those who are struggling most in our society.

Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, executive director, NETWORK, leader of “Nuns on the Bus”: “Rep. Paul Ryan claims his budget reflects the principles of our shared Catholic faith but the Ryan budget fails a basic moral test by harming families living in poverty. What we need is reasonable revenue for amazingly responsible programs that we saw on our bus trip through nine states and 2700 miles, programs that help the 100 percent. In our nation, we value greatly that we all invest in our society, that we meet Jesus’ command to take care of the least, and that we also believe strongly in fairness that t