Washington Update: Week of April 10

April 11, 2017
Washington Update

Budget & Appropriations

  • Congress left for a two-week spring recess last week without completing the fiscal year 2017 appropriations or introducing a fiscal year 2018 budget.
  • They have until April 28 to pass a continuing resolution or a large omnibus spending bill to keep the government from shutting down.
  • We continue to urge Congress to pass a spending bill for the remainder of fiscal year 2017 that funds anti-hunger programs and includes $1 billion in additional funding for famine relief.

American Health Care Act

  • On April 5, Congress and the Trump administration tried to revitalize the American Health Care Act in the hopes that they could move the bill through the House before recess. They were not able to accomplish this lofty goal, because they are still divided on the policy issues.
  • We are watching this process very closely and if a bill that cuts Medicaid begins to move again we will initiate our network.

Act Now!

Congress is home for the Passover and Easter holidays. When they return on April 24, they will be making several budget decisions that will impact hungry and poor people in the U.S. and around the world.

Call (800-826-3688) and urge your senators and representative to make budget decisions that put us on track to end hunger by 2030. This includes protecting international development programs and low-income programs in the U.S., as well as providing additional funding for famine relief. 

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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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