January 18, 2018

What Should Be Included in a Continuing Resolution

U.S. Capitol Building. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Washington, D.C.– As Congress considers passing another short-term deal to keep the government open, Bread for the World today urged lawmakers to address four issues that have a significant impact on people who struggle with hunger and poverty.

Bread believes that any continuing resolution passed by Congress must:

Increase funding for non-military programs

  • Programs such as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), nutrition assistance for low-income seniors, and international assistance are just a few of examples of the many programs that could face significant cuts without sequester relief.

Enact bipartisan legislation that provides Dreamers with a pathway to citizenship and keeps immigrant families together. 

  • Bread is encouraged by the recent bipartisan proposals in both the House and the Senate. Leaving DACA recipients and other Dreamers in limbo violates our nation’s values. Providing them with a pathway to citizenship would allow these young people to move forward with their lives and get better jobs.

Fully fund and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

  • Young children in every state in America rely on the CHIP for their health care, and millions of children could begin to lose their health care coverage as early as this month. No family should have to worry about how their children will get needed health care.

Provide disaster relief for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas, Florida, and California.

  • We are especially concerned about the continued suffering endured by Puerto Rico.

“We pray that our nation’s leaders can reach an agreement and approve these four measures,” Beckmann said.

from our Resource Library

For Education

  • The Nourishing Effect

    Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.

  • Mass Incarceration: A Major Cause of Hunger

    Mass incarceration has far-reaching effects in the United States. It poses a significant barrier to ending U.S. hunger and poverty by 2030—a goal the United States adopted in 2015. But the connection is not always obvious.

  • Advancing Nutrition through Food Aid Reform

    The United States has long been a global leader in responding to humanitarian emergencies. Food assistance that includes nutritious food for pregnant women and young children is both a life-and-death matter for individuals and an economic imperative for countries.

For Faith

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

    Bruce Puckett urged...

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.


  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

    Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.

    Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...

  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.