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President Takes the Lead on Raising Minimum Wage

Washington, DC, February 12, 2014 – The president signed an executive order today, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for federal contractors. Neither chamber of Congress has passed a minimum wage bill, but the president moved forward on his vow to not “stand still,” made during the State of the Union. We are encouraged by this step, and urge Congress to raise the minimum wage for all workers. Read more »

Bread for the World Applauds House for Ending Budget Brinkmanship

Washington, DC, February 11, 2014 – Bread for the World applauds the House of Representatives for raising the nation’s debt ceiling today without any conditions. In a 221-201 vote, lawmakers voted to end three years of budget showdowns that have created undue strain on the economy—especially among struggling families. Read more »

Bread for the World Launches Campaign to Reform U.S. Food Aid

Washington, DC, February 11, 2014 – Bread for the World launched its 2014 Offering of Letters campaign to urge Congress to reform U.S. food aid so it is more efficient and benefits millions more hungry people at no additional cost to taxpayers. Read more »

GOP Principles for Immigration Reform Should Also Address Root Causes of Migration

Washington, DC, February 5, 2014 – Last week, House Republican leaders released a one-page document outlining principles for immigration reform. Read more »

New Farm Bill Compromise a Mixed Bag

Washington, DC, February 4, 2014 – Bread for the World commends its grassroots members for efforts to protect SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) and to improve international food aid in the Agricultural Act of 2014. Although it excludes some drastic SNAP-cut and policy-change proposals, the bill includes a cut to SNAP just months after the monthly allowances of SNAP recipients were cut. Read more »

President Obama Stands Firm on Creating Opportunity

Washington, DC, January 29, 2014 – Tuesday night, President Barack Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address. Consistent with Bread for the World Institute’s 2014 Hunger Report: Ending Hunger in America, the president reiterated his focus for the next three years on creating sustainable jobs, strengthening the economic safety net, providing access to education and equal employment opportunities, and developing strategic community partnerships both domestically and abroad. Read more »

FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Sets Tone for Future Bipartisan Negotiations

Washington, DC, January 17, 2014 – Bread for the World applauds the passage of the fiscal year 2014 omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 3547). Passed yesterday afternoon, the $1.1 trillion appropriations bill replaces the sequester for two years while maintaining a circle of protection around many international humanitarian and poverty-focused development assistance programs as well as important domestic anti-poverty and anti-hunger programs. Read more »

Bread for the World Welcomes New Debate about Poverty

Washington, DC, January 8, 2014 – Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty,” Bread for the World welcomes a new bipartisan debate about how to reduce poverty. Read more »

Bread for the World Applauds Senate Vote on Emergency Unemployment

Washington, DC, January 7, 2014 – This morning the Senate took a major step in reinstating emergency unemployment benefits for 1.3 million unemployed workers. The Senate voted to consider S. 1845, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act, by a vote of 60-37. Bread for the World urges the Senate and House to immediately pass this bill. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, federal unemployment insurance kept 1.7 million people out of poverty in 2012, including 446,000 children. Read more »

Budget Deal Makes Good on Some Issues; Leaves Unemployed Workers Out in the Cold

Washington, DC, December 19, 2013 – Bread for the World is concerned about the nearly 1.3 million U.S. workers who will lose unemployment insurance by Dec. 31 with the passage yesterday of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. However, the bill eases the budget brinksmanship and provides some necessary relief from sequestration. Read more »

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