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Faith leaders call on Congress to protect poor in budget talks

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As Congress grapples with budget cuts and tax increases, faith leaders gathered in Kansas City to emphasize the importance of protecting the poor and less fortunate.

The group, called Communities Creating Opportunities, called on Congress and President Barack Obama to preserve the earned income and child-care tax credits.

"Those two tax credits lift 96,000 Missouri children out of poverty every year since 2009," said Sister Berta Sailer of Operation Breakthrough. "Why would we take something like that away."

The group called on area residents to call, write and email their elected leaders, saying getting their voices heard will make a difference.

Democrats want to keep the values that have been in place since 2009 and 2010 while some Republicans want to roll those back.

The House Republicans put off a vote Thursday night on the so-called Plan B. Click here to read complete coverage.

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