Washington Update: Week of December 12

December 13, 2016
Washington Update

The 114th Congress is a Wrap

While 2016 was a tumultuous year marked by partisanship and intense disagreements, Bread for the World’s 2016 Offering of Letters: Survive and Thrive achieved victory despite the congressional gridlock. In July 2016, Congress passed the Global Food Security Act with overwhelming bipartisan support.

This world hunger bill ensures that the Feed the Future initiative will continue to support smallholder farmers and improve the nutrition of women and children around the world. It authorizes more than $3.7 billion for programs that help feed hungry people. And, while we did not achieve our goal of $250 million for nutrition in global health programs through congressional appropriations, Congress did maintain strong funding for nutrition at $125 million in both their appropriations bills and continuing resolutions.

Finally, the Offering of Letters brought to the forefront the robust and bipartisan support for global maternal and child nutrition in Congress—more than 180 members of Congress signed letters in support of robust funding for maternal and child nutrition programs in 2016.

-Eric Mitchell, director of government relations at Bread for the World

Child Nutrition Reauthorization

  • Sen. Pat Roberts, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, reported last week that the House and Senate could not come to an agreement on child nutrition reauthorization legislation.
  • In 2017, Congress is likely to delay child nutrition reauthorization and instead focus on the Farm Bill. Bread will continue to work on protecting and improving child nutrition programs in the next Congress.

Budget & Appropriations

  • Last Friday, the 114th Congress ended with lawmakers passing a continuing resolution that will temporary fund the federal government through the end of April 28, 2017.

Fresh Bread in the 115th Congress

The 115th Congress will start in early January 2017. As with the 114th Congress, Fresh Bread will continue to be published while the U.S. Congress is in session.

Act Now!

As Christians, we believe that our government has the moral duty to pass laws that will not increase hunger and poverty. Repealing the Affordable Care Act can lead to millions of Americans having to choose between paying for food or paying for their medication. 

Call (800-826-3688) your representative and senators, and urge them to not repeal the Affordable Care Act without having a responsible replacement.  

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Tools
from our Resource Library

For Education

  • The Nourishing Effect

    Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.

  • Mass Incarceration: A Major Cause of Hunger

    Mass incarceration has far-reaching effects in the United States. It poses a significant barrier to ending U.S. hunger and poverty by 2030—a goal the United States adopted in 2015. But the connection is not always obvious.

  • Advancing Nutrition through Food Aid Reform

    The United States has long been a global leader in responding to humanitarian emergencies. Food assistance that includes nutritious food for pregnant women and young children is both a life-and-death matter for individuals and an economic imperative for countries.

For Faith

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

    Bruce Puckett urged...

For Advocacy

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

    For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.

    Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.

    ...

  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

    Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.

    Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...

  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.

Field

Changing Climate, Changing Farmers

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Insight

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