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.