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Senate chaplain seeks divine help as automatic budget cuts loom

Tuesday - 2/26/2013, 10:30pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Chaplain Barry Black is asking God to help lawmakers avert the automatic budget cuts that kick in Friday.

In Tuesday's invocation, Black gave thanks for the faith of the nation's founders and prayed for divine intervention to make today's senators "worthy of this godly heritage."

The Senate chaplain asked God to be close to gridlocked lawmakers as they "grapple with the challenges of another fiscal standoff."

Black prayed for God's favor and said, "Answer us, O God, when we call."

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293-w-30-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with U.S Senate Chaplain Barry Black)--Senate Chaplain Barry Black is praying for divine help to avert the automatic budget cuts that take effect Friday. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (26 Feb 2013)

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