Washington Update: Week of January 30

Washington Update

Budget & Appropriations

  • The Trump administration is relying on proposals from the Heritage Foundation and the Republican Study Committee to craft its initial budget proposal, which may cut federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.
  • Several factors will likely delay passage of the fiscal year 2018 budget resolution — some out of lawmakers’ hands and some a matter of practical politics. Many of these delays depend on how the Republican Congress handles the debate over funding for the Affordable Care Act and how its repeal and replace will proceed.


  • Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Reps. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) reintroduced The BRIDGE Act a few weeks ago.
  • The BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act would protect undocumented young adults who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
  • Many of these individuals, commonly referred to as “DREAMers,” were brought to the U.S. as children. The law would allow DREAMers to legally work and study in the U.S. More than 741,000 individuals are currently protected by DACA and would be impacted if it were rescinded by executive order under the Trump administration.
  • We are currently seeking Republican co-sponsors in both the House and Senate.

Act Now!

Call and urge your senators and representative (800/826-3688) to co-sponsor the BRIDGE Act. Read Bread for the World’s analysis of the BRIDGE Act here.

Rescinding DACA before passage of the BRIDGE Act would not only have devastating effects on young adults and their families, but would also hurt our economy. Through DACA, more than 741,000 individuals have been able to contribute to our society and their communities.

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