Evangelical Organizations Urge Congress to Include Foreign Aid Assistance in Next Coronavirus Relief Package

FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Capitol is pictured in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Al Drago/File Photo

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and the Congress of Christian Leaders are urging members of Congress to address a “once-in-a-century” crisis by increasing foreign COVID-19 assistance in any potential new COVID-19 relief bill. 

NHCLC President the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez along with CCL President Johnnie Moore released a joint statement last week asking Congress to provide additional assistance to help those across the world struggling during the pandemic. The leaders estimate that global needs could exceed $25 billion.

Rodriguez, a leading Hispanic evangelical figure and pastor of New Season Church in Sacramento, California, joined Moore, an evangelical communications executive who also serves on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom and has met with several high profile world leaders in recent years, in issuing the statement.

“While normally reticent to support the level of government spending that has been contemplated and instituted during the Covid-19 relief packages until now, we recognize that this virus presents a unique challenge to the United States and to the world,” the joint statement reads.

“This is a once-in-a-century crisis that requires a once-in-a-century response. That response must also include additional U.S. foreign assistance.”

Their statement comes as there were talks last week between Democrats and Republicans on a new coronavirus relief package as the additional $600-per-week unemployment benefit included in the first COVID-19 relief package expired at the end of July.

But those talks stalled after congressional leaders and administration officials met last Friday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for Democrats and the White House to resume negotiations.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith