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As Obama Pushes Overhaul of Food Aid, Panels in Congress Favor Smaller Changes

In response to the Obama administration’s plans to overhaul the nation’s international food aid program, which provides food to disaster-stricken regions, Congress this week began laying the groundwork for its own changes.

The New York Times on May 17, 2013

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The inconvenient truth about budget cuts

The Hill on May 17, 2013

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Reform is overlooking black immigrants' needs: Opinion

From farmworkers to chefs, nurses to surgeons, business leaders to professors, immigrants contribute important threads in our American quilt. 

Star-Ledger on May 17, 2013

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Advocates Outraged Over $21 Billion Cut to Food Stamps Program

Congressional leaders and anti-hunger advocates expressed outrage over a U.S. House committee’s passage of a bill which includes a $21 billion slash in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program.

AFRO on May 17, 2013

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Africa and the Sequester: A Matter of Life or Death

In April, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced furloughs because of sequestration -- legislation that went into effect in March, automatically and incrementally cutting funding across the federal government over the next ten years. The potential decline in service at airports prompted outrage from travelers facing flight delays. Elected officials acted swiftly to pacify their constituents. In a political climate characterized by partisan bickering, Congress united to pass legislation within 24 hours, restoring funding and keeping FAA workers on the job.

The Huffington Post on May 16, 2013

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Deeper Cuts Seen as Congress Returns to Farms, Food Stamps

Lawmakers who last year failed to complete a rewrite of U.S. agricultural policy will restart their effort this week with pressure building for even bigger cuts for farmers and food-stamp recipients.

Bloomberg on May 13, 2013

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Proposal for Changes in Food Aid Sets Off Infighting in Congress

WASHINGTON — A proposal by the Obama administration to overhaul the international food aid program has set off a jurisdictional fight among members of several House and Senate committees, threatening to derail the most significant change to the program since it was created nearly 60 years ago.

New York Times on May 2, 2013

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Religious Leaders to Government: We Must Get Our Fiscal House In Order

Both Republicans and Democrats have a religion problem, and it has nothing to do with same-sex marriage, abortion, or religious liberty. Rather, their serious stumbling blocks are budgets, deficits, and debt-ceiling deadlines.

Religion and Politics on April 30, 2013

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Reforming Food Aid to Improve Maternal and Child Nutrition

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama proposed a budget for fiscal year 2014 that would reduce federal deficits while largely protecting programs that support hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world. The proposal is particularly encouraging because it includes important reforms to our international food aid system -- allowing greater flexibility and increasing efficiency so that food aid reaches millions more people. This is a major step forward.

Huffington Post: Impact on April 26, 2013

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Food program is cut in half

When state and federal programs are cut because of sequestration or austerity, our entire society suffers.

The Seattle Times - Letter to the Editor on April 25, 2013

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Flake Staffer and Nogales Native Reaches Out

Locals now have a direct line to the Tucson office of Sen. Jeff Flake, thanks to monthly office hours being held at Nogales City Hall.

Nogales International on April 19, 2013

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Letter to the Editor: Food Assistance

The Saturday April 6 editorial, "Food needs more thought," raises important issues of nutritional concern for our nation's youth and schools. We should be at least equally concerned that many youth have limited access to food of any kind, and that the recent sequester cuts and budget proposals will be devastating to the millions of families forced to rely on our government safety net programs for basic sustenance.

The Columbus Dispatch on April 16, 2013

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Transforming Foreign Assistance

The amount of good our nation has done for poor and hungry people around the world over the last ten years is astounding. We have saved and improved millions of lives through programs like the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which was launched by former President George W. Bush to battle the disease in Africa, and the Feed the Future initiative, which President Obama started to support small farmers and the growth of local economies in developing countries.

Politico on April 15, 2013

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Immigration Reform as a Way to Reduce Poverty

Offering a chance to escape poverty is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the American immigration system. Over centuries, immigration has provided economic opportunity to tens of millions of impoverished families from around the world. We don’t often talk about U.S. immigration policy as a mechanism for lifting people out of poverty, but that’s what it has been to people from Galway, Ireland, to Guangzhou, China, to Guadalajara, Mexico.

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity on April 8, 2013

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Evangelicals Ramp Up Immigration Ads

As part of a six-figure campaign to promote an overhaul of immigration laws, a coalition of evangelical Christian groups on Tuesday launched radio ads in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and Texas.

Roll Call on April 2, 2013

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Another View: Aid the Hungry this Easter

A survey by the National Retail Federation says Americans will spend about $17.2 billion on Easter this year.

Imagine if that spending could be changed, just even a little bit. If $1 billion of that amount went to global hunger relief it could fund emergency humanitarian efforts in war-devastated Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Mali and other countries.

Des Moines Register on March 29, 2013

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Child Poverty, Hunger Rates in US Remain Alarmingly High

Alarming statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this month revealed that hunger and poverty rates in the country remain high, particularly among African-American children.

The Christian Post on March 28, 2013

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Rejecting the Austerity Gospel

As the House and Senate vote on competing budget resolutions this week, religious leaders around the country are once again stepping into the breach to remind us that budgets are moral documents that should be judged by how they treat the most vulnerable.

Huffington Post Religion on March 21, 2013

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Why Development Works

Alexander Appiah was barely eking out a living farming cassava and yams on his quarter-acre in Nkwabeng, Ghana. Then Heifer International's farmers program gave him the development assistance he needed to thrive. Five beehives, 20 laying hens, and an agricultural training course later, he is now able to send his two daughters to school and has built a concrete home for his family.

The Huffington Post - World on March 19, 2013

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Covering faith issues important

I wanted to thank the Erie Times-News for the article on the Bread for the World workshop ("Bread for the World to hold workshop," Erie Times-News, Feb. 23).

Erie Times-News on March 17, 2013

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