Washington Update: Week of May 8

May 9, 2017
Washington Update

Budget & Appropriations

  • President Trump signed the fiscal year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill into law on Friday, May 5, averting a government shutdown and keeping the government funded through September 30, 2017.
  • The $1.1 trillion compromise omnibus spending bill was a win for anti-hunger advocates. Not only were most domestic and international programs we track fully funded, but the bill also included more than $1 billion in famine relief.
  • The deep cuts to anti-hunger programs proposed by the Trump administration earlier this year were not included in the legislation. Several of the programs the administration proposed cutting or zeroing out received full funding or in other cases saw increases in funding.
  • With the fiscal year 2017 appropriations finalized, Congress will now turn to the fiscal year 2018 budget and appropriations process. The House and the Trump administration could release their 2018 budget proposals as early as this month, although we’ve also heard it could be pushed to early June.

American Health Care Act

  • The House last week narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628).
  • Now the AHCA will move on to the Senate. Apparently, the Senate plans to totally disregard the House bill and write their own. We have heard that the Senate will take their time and likely won’t vote on a measure until June.

Act Now!

Last week, the House passed the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), which would force 14 million people off Medicaid. Now, the health care debate moves to the Senate. Call (800-826-3688) your senators today. Tell them to make ending hunger by 2030 a priority and to OPPOSE any legislation that cuts funding to Medicaid or restructures the Medicaid program.

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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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