Washington Update on the 112th Congress – 2011-02-14

February 15, 2011 at 7:38 am Leave a comment

Inside Washington

  • Congress is in session in Washington until the President’s Day recess the week of February 21.

Bread’s Issues

2011 Budget

  • Currently, the federal government is operating under a continuing resolution that funds operations at FY10 levels through March 4, 2011. Congress must act before then, either by finalizing the 2011 budget or by passing another short-term continuing resolution.
  • House Republican leadership announced its plan for FY11 spending, which cuts non-security discretionary spending by more than 15 percent compared to current levels (more than 19 percent compared to the administration’s FY11 budget).
  • The next step is for Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, to prepare a draft of the budget for the remainder of FY11 and send it to the House floor for passage.
  • Although the Rogers bill is expected to pass the House, the Senate is not likely to approve it. This means that Congress would need to pass another short-term continuing resolution to fund the government after March 4.

2012 Budget

  • The week of February 14, President Obama will send the administration’s FY12 budget request to Congress.
  • In the president’s State of the Union speech on January 25, he called for a five-year spending freeze on non-security discretionary spending. He called on Congress to reduce the deficit, but he also advocated against doing so “on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens.”
  • Bread for the World issued a press release with our reaction to the State of the Union. Bread President David Beckmann said, “As a nation, we must address our ballooning budget deficit. Yet at the same time, we must ensure that hungry and poor people do not bear the brunt of deficit reduction efforts….Cutting or reducing our investments in programs that benefit the least among us is morally wrong.”

Act Now

Congress is looking for programs to cut in the budget. Call your representative in Congress and tell him/her to enact a responsible budget that protects programs for hungry and poor people.

Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

Save the Date!

Please hold the dates for Bread for the World’s National Gathering 2011: June 11-14, 2011, in Washington, DC. We have something new for the National Gathering an international meeting with experts on reducing malnutrition among the world’s children. Lobby Day on June 14 will also be part of the National Gathering.

Please put June 11-14 on your calendar now.

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