Nun: Federal regulations needed because of original sin

WASHINGTON (AP) — A nun who spoke at last year's Democratic National Convention says federal regulations are needed because "original sin" deters many employers from paying their workers a living wage.

Sister Simone Campbell, the activist behind the Nuns on the Bus campaign, testified Wednesday at a House Budget Committee hearing. She said government programs are essential to help the poor and shouldn't be cut.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, asked whether Campbell could speak for the church since the Vatican has criticized liberal nuns for stressing social issues instead of core Catholic doctrines. Campbell said her testimony aligned with church teaching.

Virginia Republican Scott Rigell (RIH'-jihl) wondered if caring for the poor should be a church rather than a governmental responsibility.

Campbell responded that the problem of poverty is too great to be relieved by private charity alone.

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