Senate chaplain prays budget battle will be resolved
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black is asking God to give senators the wisdom to know how to pass a budget that would avert a government shutdown and "the backbone" to do it.
Hours before Texas Republican Ted Cruz began a filibuster in opposition to President Barack Obama's health care law, Black used Tuesday's invocation to express what he called the American people's "jitters" over a possible shutdown next week.
Cruz is urging his colleagues to oppose moving ahead on a bill that would fund all of government except Obamacare to prevent Majority Leader Harry Reid from stripping the health care provision from the bill. A test vote could take place Wednesday.
Black asked God to "give our senators the wisdom to know what is right," and "the backbone to go through the doors you open."
267-a-12-(U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black, praying before Tuesday's Senate session)-"look to you"-U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black asks God to help Congress resolve the budget battle. (24 Sep 2013)