Washington Update: Week of January 9

January 10, 2017
Washington Update

Budget & Appropriations

  • Shortly after Congress was sworn in on Tuesday, Jan. 3, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) introduced a budget resolution providing for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
  • The resolution provides “reconciliation instructions” that will enable Congress to repeal the law with a simple Senate majority. Once a budget resolution passes the House and Senate, it does not become law. However, in this particular case, this budget resolution will instruct the Senate Finance, Senate HELP, House Ways & Means, and House Energy & Commerce committees to draft legislation by Jan. 27.
  • Chairman Enzi said he hopes to finish up Senate floor consideration of the resolution by this Wednesday, making it possible for the House to vote on it as soon as Jan. 13
  • The Senate began taking up amendments on Monday, Jan. 9 . The first amendment of the week under consideration is from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), which would balance the budget over 10 years. He said last week that he plans to vote against the budget resolution. Republican Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), and Susan Collins (Maine) have also expressed concerns over the reconciliation due to a lack of an ACA replacement plan already in hand.
  • The Senate will take up dozens of amendments on Wednesday, Jan. 11 in what is called a Vote-a-Rama. Most amendments haven’t been revealed yet, but Democrats are proposing amendments to prohibit cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. 

Act Now!

Call your senators today at (800-826-3688). Tell your U.S. senators to make ending hunger by 2030 a priority and to vote NO on any legislation that includes repealing the expansion of Medicaid without a responsible alternative in place.

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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.


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