Washington Update: Week of October 30

October 31, 2017
Washington Update

Budget & Appropriations (2017 Offering of Letters)

  • Last week, the House narrowly passed the Senate’s budget resolution. The vote was 216-212. The 2018 budget now paves the way for tax reform that will negatively impact low-income households.
  • Both the House and the Senate are now working on the appropriations process. We will continue to monitor the spending bills as they become public.

Taxes

  • On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the House Ways and Means Committee will release its long-awaited tax-overhaul proposal. The House must guide the proposal through committee and the full House by Thanksgiving in order to deliver a tax reform bill to President Trump by the end of 2017.
  • The legislation is expected to cut the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent and provide across-the-board rate cuts for individuals -- except, perhaps, for those earners at the very top.
  • We are very concerned about the legislation including any efforts to require earned income tax credit (EITC) filers to submit mandatory income verification before receiving the credit. This would result in extremely long delays in issuing EITC refunds to low-income individuals and families. Any delay of the credit will result in increased poverty.
  • In addition, we have heard that the proposed legislation might require a Social Security Number for those tax filers claiming the child tax credit (CTC). Under existing law, immigrants who file their taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number are eligible to claim the CTC on behalf of qualifying children. Current proposals (in stand-alone legislation, the president's budget proposal, and the House-passed budget resolution) include an elimination of the CTC for mixed-status and immigrant families.
  • Any change in eligibility for child tax credits will harm children, specifically 5.1 million children with at least one undocumented parent in the home.

Act Now!

Bread for the World is partnering with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition for the #Faith4Dream week! #Faith4Dream, Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, is a dedicated week of faith-based advocacy to ensure Congress passes legislation that provides “Dreamers” with a pathway to citizenship.

Tell your representative and senators to support and pass the Dream Act of 2017 (S.1615/H.R. 3440). Advocating for the Dream Act of 2017 is putting the faithful call to love our neighbors into action.

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    Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.

  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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

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