July 21, 2017

House Budget Resolution Cuts Programs for Poor and Hungry People

An Oregonian woman using her electronic benefit transfer card to purchase food. Brian Duss for Bread for the World.

Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World today expressed concern that the House Budget Committee’s fiscal year 2018 budget resolution makes deep cuts to programs that help people living in hunger and poverty.

“These proposed cuts would be devastating to families who are already struggling to get by,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “The programs the House proposes to cut have moved tens of millions of people out of hunger and poverty. Clearly, this is not a ‘balanced’ approach to developing a budget.”

The House budget resolution drastically cuts safety-net programs while cutting taxes and increasing defense spending. It calls for at least $203 billion in fast-tracked mandatory spending cuts over the next decade. The proposal assumes these cuts would be enacted this year and would impact programs like SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), Medicaid, and refundable tax credits.

On top of the fast-tracked spending cuts, the budget assumes $114 billion in cuts to Medicaid above those already proposed in the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and $150 billion in cuts to SNAP and $20 billion in cuts to the earned income tax credit and child tax credit.

The House budget also cuts the school meals program by $1.6 billion by making changes to the community eligibility requirements. This program provides breakfast and lunch to millions of children from low-income families.

In addition, the budget makes $1.3 trillion in non-defense discretionary spending cuts over 10 years. This will put pressure on appropriators to cut programs like Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and international development programs.

“This budget unfairly targets programs that help the most vulnerable people,” Beckmann said. “Congress must consider the entire budget when it is looking for places to make cuts or generate revenue. I urge all House members to reject the resolution and pass a fair budget that lives up to the values of their faith.”

from our Resource Library

For Education

  • The Nourishing Effect

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  • The Impacts of Proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Cuts on the Latino Community

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  • The Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615 & H.R. 3440)


    The United States is a nation of immigrants. Throughout its history, people have moved here from all over the world and have contributed to their communities and our national life. Today, as in the past, immigrants are also creating prosperity for this nation. 


For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    A brief examination of the biblical approach to health as a hunger issue.

    Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.

  • Bread Newsletter January 2016

    In this issue: Another Great Year for Bread; Catholics Begin Observance of Holy Year of Mercy; Serving on ‘God’s Wave Length’ for 39 Years; and more.

  • Interfaith Religious Leaders’ Pledge to End Hunger

    A wide array of the nation’s faith leaders have come together on the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States to commit ourselves to encourage our communities to work for the end of hunger by 2030 and, toward that end, for a shift in U.S. national priorities.

    We are deeply pleased...

For Advocacy

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

    For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.

    Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.


  • The State of Black Poverty: A Pan-African Millennial Perspective on Ending Hunger by 2030

    Over the past year and a half, about two-dozen young adults from the United States and countries in Africa and the Caribbean, have gathered virtually and in person to reflect on the effects of hunger and poverty in black communities. The working group has been considering socio-political and...

  • Fact Sheet: The Hunger-Medicaid Connection

    Congress is considering proposals that would jeopardize healthcare coverage for millions of poor and near-poor adults and children. 

    Legislation under consideration in the House and Senate would gut...