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Groups gathered from all across the U.S. to demonstrate support for DACA and DAPA as oral arguments were heard regarding the legality of the executive actions taken by the Obama Administration. Photo: Bread for the World

Act Now

The 115th Congress is working on legislation related to health care and immigration – both are issues that affect our goal to end hunger and poverty by 2030.

Your voice is needed to ensure millions of vulnerable Americans do not need to choose between paying for food or medicine. Action now can help protect thousands of individuals from deportation.

Last week, the Senate and then the House passed a budget resolution that sets in motion their plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Both chambers also introduced legislation that would provide temporary relief from deportation and work authorization to undocumented youth who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Read more in the Washington Update.

Call Congress Today!

The Affordable Care Act:

  • Call your members of Congress today at (800/826-3688). Tell your lawmakers 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.
  • Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid. Repeal of this provision alone would impact an estimated 11 million low-income Americans.
  • For background, read Hunger, health care, and the ACA.

Immigration:

  • Call and urge your senators and representative (800/826-3688) to co-sponsor the BRIDGE Act.
  • Rescinding DACA before passage of the BRIDGE Act would not only have devastating effects on young adults and their families, but would also hurt our economy. Through DACA, more than 741,000 individuals have been able to contribute to our society and their communities.
  • For background, read Bread for the World Supports Bipartisan BRIDGE Act.

Meet New Members of Congress 

New members of Congress were sworn in on Tuesday, Jan. 3.  Many of these members will decide key causes they will champion early. Now is the best time to reach out to freshman and orient them to the issues that will end hunger. Remind them of what is at stake for their most vulnerable constituents when they take their seats as our nation’s most powerful decision makers.

Watch for action alerts. For additional talking points, contact organizing@bread.org or call 800/822-7323. 

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Activists in Action

Beyond the 2016 Elections: Meeting New Members of Congress

Grassroots leaders in 2016 spent the year reaching out to Senate and House candidates and asking them how they planned to end hunger, alleviate poverty and create opportunity in the U.S. and worldwide. Today our members are following up on those conversations and asking newly elected members of Congress to put their promises to help alleviate hunger and poverty into action.

Central Florida’s Bread for the World team began building a relationship with Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D- FL-07) before she was elected to the 115th Congress. In December, team members Juan Salgado, Rebekah Richey, Nancy Warwick, Barbara Sayles, and Mariam Mengistie, along with Bread’s national organizer Pedro Cruz, met with Murphy in her district.

They asked for the meeting to follow-up on a conversation they had with her about immigration, criminal justice reform, and child nutrition during the 2016 campaign. Given the harm that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would create for vulnerable Floridians, the team also talked to her about the connections between health and hunger. They urged her to demand a responsible replacement that would help end hunger – something Murphy did with her very first floor speech!

This wasn’t the first, nor will it be the last meeting the Central Florida team intends to have with Murphy. Building long-lasting relationships with our members of Congress is an important part of building the political will to end hunger.

Complete Your Activist Field Report Form

Have you met with a new member of Congress? We would love to hear about it. Tell us about your experience using the field report form.

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  • Interfaith Religious Leaders’ Pledge to End Hunger

    A wide array of the nation’s faith leaders have come together on the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States to commit ourselves to encourage our communities to work for the end of hunger by 2030 and, toward that end, for a shift in U.S. national priorities.

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  • Bread for the World Sunday

    Bread for the World Sunday is an opportunity for your church or community of faith to join with others — in thousands of churches across the country — in living out God's vision of a world without hunger. Through our prayers for an end to hunger, letters, and phone calls to our nation's leaders...

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