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Congressional and Religious Leaders to Urge Over-ride of Presidential SCHIP Veto


WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Sojourners:


Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan

Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri

Congresswoman Heather Wilson, R- New Mexico

Rev. Jim Wallis, Executive Director of Sojourners and best-selling author

of God's Politics

Others Participating:

Sister Simone Campbell, SSS - Executive Director, Network, a national

Catholic Social Justice Lobby

Father Ray East - Executive Director, Archdiocese of Washington

Rev. Wes Granberg - Michaelson-General Secretary, Reformed Church of


Dr. Glenn Palmberg-President of the Evangelical Covenant Church

Rev. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President, Christian Church

(Disciples of Christ)

Rev. Heyward Wiggins, PICO National Network and others.

Where: U.S. Capitol, Room S115 (NOTE; Mult-box may not be available)

When: Tuesday October 2nd 12:00PM, Noon

Background: Anticipating a veto by President Bush of the SCHIP legislation on Tuesday, congressional leaders from both parties and prominent religious leaders will participate in a press conference to speak to the very conscience of our nation about the need to override the veto in the Senate and the House. The religious leaders represent millions of faithful people who support expanding health care coverage to all of America's children, particularly the most vulnerable. Over the past few weeks, Sojourners, the largest national network of progressive Christians, PICO (Pacific Institute for Community Organizations) and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good have been working together to mobilize thousands of clergy across the country to support passage of the SCHIP legislation.

Contact: Jack Pannell, Sojourners, 202/745-4625,

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