Bread August Update

August 10, 2010 at 3:31 am Leave a comment

Congressional Update during the 111th Congress

Inside Washington

  • The House has begun its August recess, while the Senate goes into recess at the end of this week. Both chambers will reconvene after Labor Day.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama called on Congress to reauthorize child nutrition programs in an August 2 op-ed in the Washington Post. She pointed out: “The bill will make it easier for the tens of millions of children who participate in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program — and many others who are eligible but not enrolled — to get the nutritious meals they need to do their best… We owe it to the children who aren’t reaching their potential because they’re not getting the nutrition they need during the day.”
  • With Congress in recess until fall, Fresh Bread will also be in recess. Our next issue will be September 14.

Bread’s Issues

Tax Credits for Low-Income Working Families

  • The expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts is receiving more media attention as it rises to the top of the congressional agenda.
  • It remains unclear whether Congress will make some or all tax cuts permanent. Particularly controversial is the debate over whether the tax cuts for families who earn more than $250,000 should be allowed to expire.
  • The EITC and Child Tax Credit improvements that Bread is working to make permanent are part of the package that includes these tax cuts.

 

Child Nutrition Reauthorization

  • Rumors are flying that the Senate may take up child nutrition this week.
  • Senate Agriculture Committee chair Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), and other senators held a rally July 29 urging the Senate to reauthorize child nutrition programs before the recess.
  • While we prefer the child nutrition bill passed by the House Education and Labor Committee, we support moving the Senate bill to begin the process towards conference committee deliberations.

 

FY11 Appropriations

  • The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the FY11 State-Foreign Operations appropriations. Similar to the House version, the bill provides a total funding level of $54.1 billion — about 5 percent less than the president’s request.
  • The Feed the Future Initiative was allocated $1.3 billion in the Senate committee’s bill. While this amount is still $300 million below the president’s request, it is nonetheless $300 million more than the House version of the bill.

 

Foreign Assistance Reform

  • MFAN finished collecting signatures for an open letter to the president which asks him to create a U.S. global development strategy and partner with Congress to rewrite the Foreign Assistance Act.
  • The letter was signed by 212 organizations and prominent individuals and will run as an ad in the Politico newspaper. For more information, visit MFAN Open letter.

Act Now

  • Congress is crafting tax legislation that is critical to low-income working families. Ask your members of Congress to make sure the current Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit levels are made permanent.
  • If Congress fails to preserve the Child Tax Credit at its current level, a full-time working parent receiving the minimum wage will receive only a $320 credit instead of the current $1,800 credit.
  • The difference—$1,480—is a modest amount of money that has a big impact on the lives of families struggling to make ends meet.
Sen. _____
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510
 and   Rep. _____
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121
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