"You have a moral responsibility to work in a bipartisan manner to restore our nation’s long-term fiscal health in a way that does not worsen the immediate economic struggles of American families. As pastors and people of faith, we pray that you will give special consideration to programs that protect the American people from poverty, hunger and economic insecurity," reads a letter addressed to six Republican members of a Congressional ‘super committee’ by 75 clergy and church representatives from states and districts the officials represent, Huffpost Religion said.
The letter was sent after the six Republicans signed a ‘Taxpayer Protection Pledge,’ as have all the other Republicans in Congress, which prohibits them from supporting any revenue increases even when this ideology runs in conflict with fiscal responsibility and economic fairness.
Rev. Cheri Holdridge, pastor of The Village Church in Toledo, Ohio, joining a conference of some of the letter signatories on Tuesday said, "We have to cut spending and get creative in how to raise revenue... When I learned that half the members of the super committee have already signed a pledge refusing to vote for any kind of tax increase, I was simply flabbergasted."
The pastors were lobbying in support of raising taxes on the wealthy as part of what they consider a Biblically-mandated "shared sacrifice" as the six Democrat and six Republican members of the 'Super Committee' meet to put together a plan to cut at least $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit in the next decade.