To the editor:
I want to publicly say “thank you” to Jack Dwyer, district director for U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis, for taking an hour of his time to sit and listen to myself and others who are connected to Bread for the World to discuss the federal budget.
We shared with him our deep concern about budget proposals from the Trump administration and the House Budget Committee that would cut domestic and international funding for those who need it the most – people living with hunger and poverty. We pointed out that domestic programs like SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), WIC, and tax credits for low-income working families provide our neighbors here in the United States with a critical safety net.
In addition, international programs like food aid, development assistance, and maternal and child nutrition, improve the lives of millions of our neighbors around the world, on less than 1 percent of our federal budget. All of these programs face potentially deep funding cuts that would impact millions of men, women, and children. I firmly believe that our federal budget is more than just a financial document; it reveals our values and priorities as a nation. Congress will make a final decision about the fiscal year 2018 budget when lawmakers return to Washington, D.C., in September.
Please take the time to learn more about what is being proposed, what is at stake, and how you can be a voice for the most vulnerable in our society by visiting Bread for the World’s website.
Coordinator of social justice, Church of the Risen Savior, Burnsville