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Fresh Bread: 300 Activists Come to Washington for Bread’s Lobby Day

June 22, 2011

300 Bread members and activists participated in Bread for the World's Lobby Day last Tuesday. Participants attended nearly 200 meetings with members of Congress and their staff in both the House and Senate.

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Fresh Bread: Congress Prepares to Make Far-Ranging Budget Decisions

May 11, 2011

In the next couple of months, Congress will make far-reaching budget and spending decisions, including potential changes to the rules that govern these kinds of decisions.

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Fresh Bread: Congress Begins 2012 Budget Debate

April 12, 2011

Bread for the World is a leader in a new coalition of organizations urging Congress to form a “circle of protection” around programs for hungry and poor people. As they make decisions about the budget for 2012 and beyond, legislators should avoid creating additional hardship for vulnerable people.

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Bread President Fasts, Calls for a "Circle of Protection"

March 29, 2011

Bread for the World is a leader in a new coalition of organizations urging Congress to form a "circle of protection" around programs for hungry and poor people as legislators address budget deficits.

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Legislative Update: Congress Seeks Compromise on 2011 Spending

March 16, 2011

Last week, senators voted on two budget bills, both of which required 60 votes to pass—both failed. The first vote was on the bill passed by the House in February, which contained $61 billion in cuts to discretionary spending. It was voted down by a vote of 44-56. All Democrats plus three conservative Republicans—who favor deeper cuts—opposed the bill.

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Legislative Update: Government Shutdown Averted—For the Moment

March 2, 2011

House and Senate leaders struck a deal yesterday that provides funding for the government for two more weeks, thus avoiding a shutdown for the moment. Both the House and the Senate are expected to approve the bill by March 3.

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Congress Weighs Budget Cuts

February 13, 2011

Currently, the federal government is operating under a continuing resolution that funds operations at FY10 levels through March 4, 2011. Congress must act before then, either by finalizing the 2011 budget or by passing another short-term continuing resolution.

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State of the Union Speech Tonight

January 25, 2011

President Obama delivers the State of the Union address Tuesday, January 25. Most of Congress’ attention is currently focused on federal budget issues, amid concerns about the country’s increasingly large budget deficits and soaring national debt.

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Victory for Hunger Advocates: First U.S. Global Development Policy Released

September 28, 2010

President Obama released the first-ever U.S. Global Development Policy at the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDG) summit in New York last week. The new policy, developed as a result of last year’s Presidential Study Directive review of all U.S. development assistance, includes principles that Bread has been working on for the last two years. This is a key victory for Bread for the World members.

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Congress returns, debates taxes and child nutrition

September 14, 2010

Both houses of Congress returned to work in Washington this week. The Senate is scheduled to be in session until October 8. For the second year in a row, Bread for the World’s director of government relations, Monica Mills, has been named one of The Hill newspaper’s Top Lobbyists of 2010 for effective advocacy.

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