Bread for the World Urges Congress to Preserve Funding for Mothers and Children in Next Budget

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bread for the World strongly urges congressional leaders to ensure
strong funding for life-saving nutrition programs when the
newly-extended continuing resolution expires in April 2017.

“The budget for fiscal year 2017 will not be fully formulated until
April when the new Congress is in session,” said Eric Mitchell, director
of government relations at Bread for the World. “That budget needs to
include measures that preserve funding for life-saving programs that are
a safety net for millions of Americans.”

Bread for the World is disappointed that the current 114th
Congress failed to reauthorize child nutrition programs and to pass
sentencing reform. These vital reforms are needed to help the 43 million
Americans who experience hunger. Both bills received bipartisan support
but were ultimately tied up in negotiations between the House and
Senate, hindering progress already seen to ending hunger by 2030. With
the arrival of the new president and new Congress in January 2017,
passing these important pieces of legislation will become more difficult.

“This continued piecemeal approach is not feasible. With all of the
uncertainties that we face at home and abroad, federal agencies need to
be able to count on a reliable stream of funding,” Mitchell added.
“Having fewer financial resources could dramatically impact the
effectiveness of programs such as low-income housing, Feed the Future,
or WIC, which provides nutrition assistance to pregnant mothers and
young children.”

Despite the failure to pass a budget for fiscal year 2017, Congress
managed at least a major anti-hunger bill – considered a major step
toward ending hunger for 795 million people worldwide, including 159
million children.

“Despite the lack of progress on many issues this year, we were able to
pass a major global anti-hunger bill, the Global Food Security Act,”
said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “We
congratulate the bipartisan coalition of lawmakers who helped to
shepherd this bill through.”

Bread for the World (www.bread.org)
is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to
end hunger at home and abroad.

Contacts

Bread for the World
Esteban García
202-688-1138 office
323-219-9516
mobile
egarcia@bread.org