enate chaplain prays budget battle will be resolved - Sep 25th, 2013 - National
— 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."