Congressional Update 5/14

May 19, 2010 at 7:24 am Leave a comment

Congressional Update during the 111th Congress

Inside Washington

  • House Appropriations Committee chair Rep. David Obey (D-WI), a 21-term representative, announced that he will not seek re-election this November. News of the senior Democrat’s retirement came as a big surprise. Congressman Norm Dicks (D-WA-06) is his likely replacement, and positioning has already begun for who will chair the various appropriations subcommittees.
  • At a recent town hall meeting, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah reiterated the four core areas that will guide USAID’s work: recommitting to the Millennium Development Goals; investing in country-owned models of growth and development success; developing and delivering scientific and technological breakthroughs; and utilizing USAID expertise in conflict settings.

Bread’s Issues

Tax Credits for Low-Income Families

  • From now until the August congressional recess is a critical time for decisions on tax policies.
  • There is momentum building in Congress around the middle-class tax package, which includes the tax credits Bread is working on—the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. Stay tuned.

 Child Nutrition Reauthorization

  • Congress is working on child nutrition reauthorization. The House Education and Labor Committee will likely have its bill outline by the Memorial Day recess. Action on a bill will happen following the recess.
  • Bread continues to press for the full $1 billion in additional funding requested by the administration. With nearly one in four children at risk of hunger, these resources are needed to ensure that all children who are eligible for feeding programs receive the food they need.
  • Last week, Bread members mounted a successful effort to ask their representatives to sign onto a letter, initiated by Reps. James McGovern (D-MA) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), supporting the full $1 billion request.
  • Bread and its members helped garner 221 signatures, including nine Republicans and 30 Blue Dog (fiscally conservative) Democrats.
  • Demonstrating this significant support for the funding increase among House members will be a big help in the upcoming votes. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen!

2011 Budget and Appropriations—International

  • Eight former secretaries of state, two Democrats, and six Republicans have written a letter in support of the administration’s full budget request for international affairs. The budget resolution approved by the Senate Budget Committee cut funding for the International Affairs account by $4 billion (7 percent).

Act Now

  • Ask your representative to make sure that $1 billion in new funding is included in legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs.
  • Today, nearly one in four children in the United States is at risk of hunger. We need adequate funding from Congress—at least $1 billion annually in the next five years—to address this problem.
  • Child nutrition programs could do far more to reduce hunger and improve nutrition simply by reaching more eligible children. For every 100 children receiving lunch assistance each school day, less than half receive breakfast assistance and only 11 percent access summer food programs.

Rep. Wu
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

Add Your Voice on Lobby Day

Bread for the World needs your voice in Washington, DC, for critical votes on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit, and child nutrition reauthorization. Mark your calendars to join us on June 15!

Visit www.bread.org/lobbyday for more information and to register.

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