Washington Update: Week of April 10

April 11, 2017
Washington Update

Budget & Appropriations

  • Congress left for a two-week spring recess last week without completing the fiscal year 2017 appropriations or introducing a fiscal year 2018 budget.
  • They have until April 28 to pass a continuing resolution or a large omnibus spending bill to keep the government from shutting down.
  • We continue to urge Congress to pass a spending bill for the remainder of fiscal year 2017 that funds anti-hunger programs and includes $1 billion in additional funding for famine relief.

American Health Care Act

  • On April 5, Congress and the Trump administration tried to revitalize the American Health Care Act in the hopes that they could move the bill through the House before recess. They were not able to accomplish this lofty goal, because they are still divided on the policy issues.
  • We are watching this process very closely and if a bill that cuts Medicaid begins to move again we will initiate our network.

Act Now!

Congress is home for the Passover and Easter holidays. When they return on April 24, they will be making several budget decisions that will impact hungry and poor people in the U.S. and around the world.

Call (800-826-3688) and urge your senators and representative to make budget decisions that put us on track to end hunger by 2030. This includes protecting international development programs and low-income programs in the U.S., as well as providing additional funding for famine relief. 

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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.

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  • 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.

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For Advocacy

  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Fact Sheet: Hunger by the Numbers

    In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.

  • 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...


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