House Vote Would Harm Hungry and Poor People
Washington, DC, February 22, 2011
Download a list of the proposed cuts that would harm hungry people
Bread for the World is outraged by the final vote in the House of Representatives on H.R.1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, which contains approximately $60 billion in spending cuts for this year.
“Of all the cuts the House could make to reduce the 2011 spending bill, too many of the items they chose neither contribute to the deficit nor would help reduce it,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World and a Lutheran minister. “The unfortunate truth is that these cuts stand to hurt people in need the most.”
Bread for the World identified several proposed cuts that will significantly affect hungry and poor people in the United States and abroad. Among those at the top of the list are cuts of $946.5 million to emergency food aid, including food for survivors of natural disasters and $747 million to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Approximately half of all U.S. infants and one-fourth of children ages 1 to 4 benefit from WIC.
As of FY10, U.S. anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs made up only 14 percent of the federal budget. Less than 1 percent was spent on development assistance for hungry and poor people around the world.
“These cuts are not only egregious, but they go against our values as a nation,” said Beckmann. “At a time when we need to prioritize the needs of hungry and poor people just to ensure that they have enough to survive, instead we are hurting them in the name of cutting spending. Reducing or eliminating our investments in programs that help those who need them the most is morally wrong.”
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Acting Manager for Media Relations, 202-688-1118