April 7th, 2011
02:27 PM ET

Hunger fast grows on Capitol Hill

By Laura Klairmont, CNN

Washington (CNN) - In the final hours of budget negotiations, a growing list of Congressional members are joining former Rep. Tony Hall and over 36,000 participants in a hunger fast to protest what they say are proposed budget cuts that would affect those living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad.

Members of Congress joining the fast include Democratic Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, California Rep. Mike Honda, Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, California Reps. Sam Farr and Barbara Lee, Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, and Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver.

The participating representatives will partake in a "relay fast," each one abstaining from eating for a day before passing over to another representative.

The fast was first announced last month by Ambassador Hall, Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World and Ritu Sharma, president of Women Thrive Worldwide- who asked others to join them in putting pressure on Congress to protect vulnerable programs assisting the poor and hungry.

Read the full story about the hunger fast on the CNN Political Ticker.

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  2. J.Otterman

    Since congress has given themselves a raise every year, for quite some time, not to mention their benefits. In order to balance
    the budget, why not take a % of every paycheck from every congressman until the budget is balanced! I'm not a mathematician,but
    I think by taking a small percentage of each check until we are back on track makes sense. There are many in our govt. who
    forgot why they are there, and it should have never been allowed for the purpose of greed. They will still be wealthy, but it is
    time to stop voting for people who want to live off the backs of their most vulnerable citizens!

    April 24, 2011 at 8:21 am |
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