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House abandonment of nutrition items in farm bill called 'misguided'

As Congress lurches toward its summer recess, inside and outside the corridors of Congress, people have been asking, "What in Sam Hill is going on with the House on the farm bill?"

National Catholic Reporter on July 22, 2013

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Reweaving the circle of protection

It’s been more than 140 days since sequestration went into effect, cutting $84 billion across the board from government programs this year. It may be difficult to comprehend the effects of that number. However, it is not difficult to comprehend that a child who is undernourished this year could have learning difficulties for the rest of her life—which will hurt her ability to earn enough money to provide for herself and her future children

The Hill on July 21, 2013

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House and Senate Farm Bills Set to Reform International Food Aid

The House of Representatives has voted 216-208 to approve its version of a farm bill, allowing both chambers of Congress to begin talks on a final version for the first time in a year. That could mean big changes to international food aid funding if a new farm bill gets approved later this summer.

Christianity Today on July 11, 2013

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Food stamps work, so why are we cutting them?

Can I tell you a real success story? One we should all be proud of? Great, here goes: The program formerly known as food stamps has kept hunger from exploding along with the number of Americans living in poverty.

The Washington Post on July 11, 2013

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House GOP passes stripped-down farm bill

The farm bill is supposed to be one of the year's easiest pieces of legislation, which is why the House Republicans' difficulties in getting this done has become so terribly embarrassing.

The Maddow Blog MSNBC on July 11, 2013

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House Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamps Program

The House passed a scaled-back version of a massive farm bill Thursday, removing the food stamp program from the bill while keeping the farm-related portions of the legislation intact.

The Washington Informer on July 11, 2013

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House, Senate reintroduce foreign aid transparency bill

House and Senate lawmakers on Wednesday introduced bipartisan legislation demanding far greater transparency in how the United States spends its foreign aid.

The Hill on July 10, 2013

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Mean Food Policies

Congress returned to work fresh from its second weeklong recess since the Senate acted on the national Farm Bill. Next month Congress begins a five-week summer recess.

Flathead Beacon on July 10, 2013

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Proposal to Split Farm Bill Divides Congress

How the House Republican leadership tries to salvage the failed farm bill is becoming a test of the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and it will also pit the power of the farmers and antihunger activists against the conservative groups that want to dismantle both the farm and food-stamp programs.

Yahoo! on July 8, 2013

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How epic GOP bumbling could inadvertently save food stamps

GOP felt $20 billion in cuts to the poor weren’t enough, so it killed the bill. The likely result? Fewer cuts. Oops

Salon on July 2, 2013

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On Development Policy, Congress Looks Functional Commentary

Something peculiar has happened around President Barack Obama’s trip to Africa: a famously dysfunctional Congress actually sent a constructive, bipartisan message to the president about the future of engagement with the continent and other developing countries.

Roll Call on July 1, 2013

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Obama Senegal Farming

Before departing Senegal, President Barack Obama met farmers and local entrepreneurs to discuss new technologies helping to raise the country's agricultural output. VOA's Vincent Makori gets a more perspective on Senegal's farming from Faustine Wabwire, a senior foreign assistance policy analyst at Bread for the World Institute.

YouTube on June 28, 2013

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Bread for the World says immigration bill should focus on hunger

Bread for the World, in a report released yesterday, called for immigrant farm workers to be given "a path to citizenship" which would include access to federal food aid programs.

Examiner.com on June 27, 2013

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Changing the Future in 1,000 Days

Quietly, steadily, we are building critical mass in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, especially as it affects the youngest and most vulnerable. On Saturday, June 8, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron hosted the Nutrition for Growth Conference, at which governments and aid organizations pledged more than $4 billion toward the fight.

The Huffington Post on June 25, 2013

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Federal food program is an urgent need for many families

Cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, which issues food stamps to needy families, are already being felt in the St. Louis area. Now the House of Representatives is considering a further cut of $20 billion this year as part of the proposed farm bill.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch on June 22, 2013

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Letter of the Day (June 15): Food aid

The farm bill recently passed by the Senate includes cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — formerly known as food stamps — that will harm many families at risk of hunger (“Senate passes farm bill; House to take up issue this month,” June 11).

Star Tribune on June 15, 2013

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Addressing U.S., global child malnutrition a top priority for advocates

In 2008, the community dedicated to ending hunger globally was rocked when the prestigious medical journal The Lancet published its first series on maternal and childhood nutrition, showing that more than a third of child deaths and 11 percent of the rate of disease worldwide was the result of mothers and children being malnourished.

Catholic News Service on June 14, 2013

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Malnutrition in the Developing World

VOA's health correspondent Linord Moudou talks to Faustine Wabwire, Foreign Assistance Policy Analyst, with Bread for the World Institute, and Joseph Cahalan, CEO, Concern Worldwide US, about malnutrition.

YouTube on June 13, 2013

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A fitting legacy of Ireland’s EU Presidency

With developing countries’ growth rates higher than those of the Eurozone and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals accelerating, there is one challenge which is crippling the economic and social potential of almost a billion people: hunger. It kills 2.3 million children each year and results in 165 million becoming stunted, meaning that their bodies and brains are permanently damaged, with negative impacts on earning potential of as much as 20%.

World and Media on June 6, 2013

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Letter: Contact Congress about the Farm Bill

Thursday night, May 30, my wife and I saw the documentary “A Place at the Table” about the problem of hunger in America.

Newsleader.com on May 31, 2013

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