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More Than 100 Faith Leaders Criticize Trump's Budget Cuts to Foreign Aid

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More than 100 faith leaders are criticizing President Donald Trump's budget proposal that he released Thursday.

High-profile Christians such as singer Amy Grant and evangelical and Catholic leaders signed a letter, which criticizes cuts to foreign aid, according to CBS News. 

"As followers of Christ, it is our moral responsibility to urge you to support and protect the International Affairs Budget," the letter said, referencing the foreign affairs budget that includes the State Department and USAID, which delivers civilian aid to other countries.

Other signatories on the letter include Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, and Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, both of whom spoke at the Republican convention, according to the CBS News report.

Foreign aid, according to the leaders, "every day brings hope to poor, hungry, vulnerable and displaced men, women and children around the world."

"Matthew 25 tells us when we serve the least of these, we are serving the Lord. As people of faith, we cannot turn our back on those in desperate need," the letter read.

The budget only covers 1 percent of the nation's budget, yet it has helped millions, the letter said.

"The International Affairs Budget has helped alleviate the suffering of millions; drastically cutting the number of people living in extreme poverty in half, stopping the spread of infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and Ebola, and nearly eliminating polio," according to the letter.

Those who support the cuts say that since the federal government has a $20 trillion national debt, it should focus on domestic issues, according to Fox News. 

Legislators will decide how and where to spend the U.S. budget; Trump's budget is a proposal. He can then veto or approve their spending plans, the Fox News report said.

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