Washington Update: Week of April 24

April 25, 2017
Washington Update

Budget & Appropriations

  • Congress returned from spring recess on April 24 under pressure to pass a spending bill by the end of the week that would fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2017.
  • If Congress fails to pass either a short-term continuing resolution or a full omnibus spending bill, most federal agencies will begin shutting down operations after April 28. Congressional leaders are eager to avoid a government shutdown, but the president is insisting on funding for a Mexico-U.S. border wall and this could derail negotiations.
  • Appropriators have been working on a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package for fiscal year 2017. If Congress is unable to agree on a spending bill this week, they could also pass a week-long continuing resolution to give them more time to negotiate an agreement.

American Health Care Act

  • President Trump is pressuring the House to pass legislation this week to repeal the Affordable Care Act - also known as Obamacare.
  • Given the ongoing fiscal year 2017 budget negotiations, it is unlikely this will be considered this week. Health care was not mentioned in House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s weekly schedule, although he did note additional legislative items are possib

Act Now!

This week, Congress will make 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 programs that help low-income Americans, as well as providing additional funding for famine relief abroad.

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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

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Insight

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