Bread for the World Commends Bipartisan Budget Deal

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#famine–Bread for the World today commended the $1.1 trillion bipartisan budget
deal struck by House and Senate negotiators. The bill would fund the
government through the end of the 2017 fiscal year. Bread urged the full
Congress to pass the bill and for President Donald J. Trump to sign it
into law as soon as possible.

The bipartisan budget deal provides more than $1 billion for famine
relief in parts of Africa and the Middle East. It also protects domestic
and international poverty-focused programs from budget cuts proposed by
Trump.

“Bread for the World congratulates budget negotiators for including
funding for famine relief in the 2017 appropriations bill,” said Rev.
David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “In addition to
providing lifesaving famine relief, the bill protects programs that help
poor and hungry people in the United States and developing countries – a
clear victory for those who rely on these programs. We thank the
negotiators for their work and urge lawmakers to support this bill.”

In addition to funding famine relief, the bill keeps funding flat for
international maternal and child nutrition programs, including the
McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition
Program. The bill also increases funding for global health programs and
development assistance.

On the domestic side, the bill funds WIC and summer meals for children
at the same levels as last year. It increases funding for Head Start,
the Child Care and Development Block Grant, and nutrition programs for
senior citizens.

“The Trump administration is also proposing steep cuts to foreign aid
and domestic hunger and poverty programs in the fiscal year 2018 budget.
We hope that lawmakers do the right thing and reject the proposed cuts
and fully fund these vital programs,” Beckmann added.

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
Chris Ford, 202-688-1077
cford@bread.org