Oregon BFW is part of a nationwide Christian citizens movement seeking justice for the world’s hungry people by lobbying our nation’s decision makers.
An effective response to hunger must combine private and public actions, neither can do the job alone. Christians have worked well in the private arena, Bread for the World provides a means where Christians can work equally well for effective public policies in the fight against hunger…
Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Join the Oregon Bread Team, work with us to reduce the scourge of hunger from our country and our world ( Email )
Review the Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon Legislative Agenda for Salem.
A longtime goal of some in Congress is to change the Food Stamp or Snap program from a federal entitlement program to a block grant that gets turned over to the states. The possibility of this happening has increased dramatically with the recent election. The federal entitlement status allows the program to automatically increase when the need is greatest during a recession. This helps make Food Stamps an effective program in fighting hunger in the US, a program we really cannot do without. Block granting the program would lose this ability to expand when the need is greater.
For this reason Bread has opposed efforts to block grant the program, and will keep us informed of actions we need to take this year to tell your elective representatives to oppose it as well. More updates we be available as the news warrants it.
For more information see: Block Grants 101
The 115th Congress is in session and congressional leadership plans to introduce a proposal that would repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through budget reconciliation.
Call Your Senators
Tell your senators to make ending hunger by 2030 a priority and to not repeal the Affordable Care Act until a comparable replacement plan is determined. Call (800-826-3688) your senators today.
So far, the Republican leadership has not proposed a replacement. Repealing the ACA without a responsible replacement could lead to millions of Americans having to choose between paying for food or paying for their medication.
Watch for action alerts. For additional talking points, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800/822-7323.
Thank you! After a series of attempts and votes, the Senate finally passed a bipartisan bill to reinstate and extend emergency unemployment benefits. Together, Bread members generated 1,045 calls and 24,600 emails to the Senate.
Your advocacy made the difference, including the extraordinary efforts by over 100 religious leaders in Illinois who wrote to Sen. Kirk about their concern for those left without unemployment aid. Thanks to these efforts, Sen. Kirk voted yes on final passage of the bill.
How did your senators vote? Find out here. If your senators voted yes, please call (800-826-3688) and thank them! If your senators voted no, share your disappointment.
With victory in the Senate, the fight moves to the House. Your voice is instrumental in pushing this bill into law. As Roll Call reported, there may not be enough House “members who are feeling significant electoral pressure in their districts” to extend unemployment insurance. One U.S. representative said that extending emergency unemployment assistance “will encourage unemployment.” Prove this thinking wrong!
Please call (800-826-3688) or email Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and Sen. Jeff Merkley and Sen. Ron Wyden and urge a vote to extend unemployment insurance.
More than 2 million people have been cut off long-term unemployment assistance. Unemployed workers shouldn’t have to wait another day for this vital aid that enables them to continue searching for a job and put food on the table.
Please take just a minute to follow up with your senators on their votes — accountability is critical! Then make one call or send an email to Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and Sen. Jeff Merkley and Sen. Ron Wyden and press for a vote to extend emergency unemployment insurance.
As we saw in the Senate this week, your calls, emails, and prayers make a real difference.