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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 »

Bread for the World Welcomes Congressional Budget Agreement

Washington, DC, December 11, 2013 – Bread for the World President David Beckmann issued the following statement in response to the announcement of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013: Read more »

Global ‘Prayer Wave’ to End Hunger Takes Place as Congress Debates Further Food Stamp Cuts

Washington, DC, December 10, 2013 – As political and faith leaders join Pope Francis and the Circle of Protection in a global “wave of prayer” for an end of hunger today, Congress is finalizing a farm bill that could drastically harm hungry and poor people. Despite $11 billion in recent cuts to SNAP, formerly food stamps, the program faces billions more in potential cuts. Read more »

Faith Leaders Urge Congress to Support Aid for Africa in Honoring Nelson Mandela

New York, NY, December 6, 2013 – Bread for the World and leading pastors of the African-American Voices for Africa (AAVA) are celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in words and actions following his death yesterday. To continue Nelson Mandela’s legacy, Congress must robustly support life-saving humanitarian and poverty-focused development assistance. Read more »

Bread for the World Supports Speech on Poverty; Calls on President to Refuse Further Cuts to Food Stamps

Washington, DC, December 4, 2013 – Bread for the World supports President Obama’s speech today on poverty and income inequality. Read more »

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