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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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

  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Fact Sheet: Hunger by the Numbers

    In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.

  • 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...


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