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'Nuns On The Bus' oppose Ryan's social program cuts


JANESVILLE, Wis (WSAU) A group of Catholic sisters visited House Republican Paul Ryan’s office in Janesville yesterday, to oppose the G-O-P’s proposed cuts in Medicaid and social programs. Ryan was in Washington, but members of the social lobbying group Network dropped off an alternative budget they say would more closely reflect Catholic values.

Ryan, a Catholic, has been criticized by some bishops for drafting a budget he says would re-work Medicare to keep it from going dry – and cut numerous programs that benefit the poor. The House Budget Chairman says the package is true to his Catholic faith. But the Network sisters’ group claims otherwise – and they’re making their point with a nine-state bus tour called “Nuns on the Bus” that also stopped in Milwaukee late yesterday.

The sisters ate dinner with poor-and-homeless people at a church, while Network director Simone Campbell said how the G-O-P House budget would quote, “devastate people at the margins.” She said there needs to be “reasonable revenues for reasonable programs.” The group also plans to make the same point while touring a Catholic dental clinic in Milwaukee this morning.

The House budget has gone nowhere in the Democratically-controlled Senate. And President Obama opposes it as well.