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The bill, opposed by numerous faith groups, would have attached stricter work requirements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and slashed funding by as much as $20 billion.
The $7 billion cut to the Children's Health Insurance Program as part of a $15 billion rescissions package sent to Congress would imperil "rainy-day" funding, critics say.
The interfaith prayer service was held as Congress considers a new farm bill that would dramatically scale back funding and access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Catholic leaders decried the Senate's rejection of compromise legislation to protect Dreamers, and the role that the Trump administration played in discouraging consensus.