Our take: Several liberal Christian leaders are against a budget plan that create an extension on a Bush-era benefits to the wealthy in the form of tax cuts, while simultaneously ending important provisions for the poor.
The Rev. David Beckmann, president of the ecumenical hunger group Bread for the World, said letting tax benefits expire for the highest earners would create $830 billion in revenue over the next 10 years. This money, he said, could be spent on helping those who struggle with poverty.
The Senate narrowly passed a Democratic bill last week that would let expire tax cuts for families making $250,000 and over, or individuals making $200,000 and over, while extending breaks for middle-class taxpayers.