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Pelosi Invokes Catholic Faith to Slam Republicans, Says GOP is 'Preying on People


"...basically what [Democrats are] about ... is restoring confidence to the American people."

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday used her Catholic faith to take a shot at Republicans and their efforts to scale back on government spending.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 18: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) participates in a press conference at the U.S. Capitol calling for gun reform legislation and marking the 9 month anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school September 18, 2013 in Washington, DC (Credit: Getty Images)

“I’ve been trying to listen as we – this has been a morning that you can’t even believe,” the California congresswoman said at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress.

“On the floor of the House the Republicans are trying to cut $40 billion, that’s 50 percent of the nutrition program -- largely children, seniors, returning veterans, [and] women,” she added.

Pelosi’s remarks were in reference to the GOP’s attempts to dial back the food stamp program (which has ballooned in size in the past four years).

“It’s a most incredible thing. I said yesterday at a press conference on this subject, I said: unless we – it was in Houston, I go to Mass wherever I go, and at the pulpit, the priest said, in Houston, Texas – not one of your liberal bastions – he said: ‘I think it’s important for people, not just to come to Mass on Sunday and pray, but when they leave here not to prey on people,’” she said.

“And it isn’t exactly what they are doing: preying on people,” she added.

Pelosi later to commented on "all the lack of values that [the GOP] budget presents," and that "basically what [Democrats are] about ... is restoring confidence to the American people."

The event was organized to celebrate the launch of “Fair Shot: A Plan for Women and Families to Get Ahead,” the latest initiative from the Center for American Progress.

This isn’t the first time Pelosi has brought up Catholicism as a means to defend her politics. Recall earlier this year when she cited her faith to avoid answering questions about convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell and her support for late-term abortions.


(H/T: Weasel Zippers). Featured image via Associated Press.

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