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Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day
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Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day

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June 13, 2011 / Washington, DC -- On Lobby Day, Bread analysts provided an issues briefing on the current status of foreign assistance reform legislation, insights from key lawmakers working on the …

June 13, 2011 / Washington, DC -- On Lobby Day, Bread analysts provided an issues briefing on the current status of foreign assistance reform legislation, insights from key lawmakers working on the issue, and tips on effective ways to communicate with Congress.

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  • 1. Bread for the World’s Lobby Day 2011
  • 2. The Ask: Create a circle of protection aroundfunding for programs for hungry andpoor people in the United States and abroad.
  • 3. Why the budget?We’ve accomplished somuch in the last 30 years …• Globally, 400 millionfewer people living inextreme poverty since 1990.• In the last year, 114,000infants around the worldwere born HIV-free thanksto antiretroviral medications.• U.S. infant mortality ratehas fallen dramatically from20 deaths per 1,000 to 7. It could all be jeopardized in the next 2 months.
  • 4. Why are we working on the budget?• Negotiations going on right now• Prime time for your voice• Vote within the next month
  • 5. How did we get here?1. Deficit concerns are real2. Deficit problems not due to programs for poor and hungry people3. Choices: we can reduce poverty and reduce our deficits
  • 6. The Debt Ceiling Vote• The vote must pass• Economic consequences if it is not raised• But the big question: What will be attached?
  • 7. The Ask: Create a circle of protectionaround funding for programs for hungry and poor people in the United States and abroad.
  • 8. Create a circle of protection around funding for programs for hungry and poor people in the United States and abroad.Plus:1. Oppose caps on overall federal spending2. Exempt programs for hungry and poor people from cuts3. Consider all tools for deficit reduction
  • 9. I. Oppose caps on overall federal spending• Ignores current realities• Government can’trespond to spikes in need• Requires massivespending cuts
  • 10. A cap on overall federal spending = deep domestic cutsSNAP cuts: • 8 million people lose benefits, or • Family of 4 see monthly benefit cut by $147WIC Cuts: •Could see 325,000 - 475,000 low-income women and children lose their WIC benefits
  • 11. A cap on overall federal spending = deep international cuts • 4 million children each year could die or be stunted from lack of access to nutritious foods • 14 million people will be cut off from emergency food aid each year •15 million fewer people treated for malaria each year • 400,000 people requiring treatment for HIV/AIDS would be turned away each year
  • 12. II. Exempt programs for hungry and poor people from cuts• Historical precedent over the past 30 years• Moral value we agree upon
  • 13. II. Exempt programs for hungry and poor people from cuts• Exempt on the front end: • No specific cuts to programs for hungry and poor people in actual proposals• Exempt on the back end: • Triggers must exempt programs for hungry and poor people
  • 14. III: Consider all tools for deficit reduction • We can reduce our deficits and maintain a commitment to ending hunger and poverty • But revenues must be a part of the solution
  • 15. Review: Create a circle of protection around funding for programs for hungry and poor people in the United States and abroad.Plus:I. Oppose caps on overall federal spendingII. Exempt programs for hungry and poor people from cutsIII.Consider all tools for deficit reduction
  • 16. Fighting hunger and poverty is good for the economy• Domestic low-income programs support the economy o $1 SNAP = $1.73 in economic activity o $1 Unemployment Benefits = $1.63 in economic activity o $1 refundable tax credits = $1.26 in economic activity
  • 17. Fighting hunger and poverty is good for the economy Foreign assistance builds trade capacity• About 50% of U.S. exports go to developing countries and 1 in 5 jobs in the U.S. are tied to trade.• For every 10% increase in U.S. exports abroad, there is 7% decrease in the U.S. unemployment rate.
  • 18. Fighting hunger and poverty is good for national security Foreign Assistance saves lives and promotes stability• For every 5 percent decline in a country’s income growth, there is a 10 percent increase in the likelihood of violent conflict.• The U.S. provided democracy and governance assistance to 36 of the 57 nations that successfully made the transition to democratic government during 1980-1995.
  • 19. Review: Create a circle of protection around funding for programs for hungry and poor people in the United States and abroad.Plus:I. Oppose caps on overall federal spendingII. Exempt programs for hungry and poor people from cutsIII.Consider all tools for deficit reduction
  • 20. Preparing for Pushback • Deficits too big. We must cut everything. • These programs have grown too much. • Anti-hunger programs are not effective and create government dependency. • If we exempt these programs, we will have to exempt all programs.
  • 21. Pushback: “Our deficits are too big. Everything needs to be cut.”• These programs are not creating our deficits• They are a small portion of the budget• As we recover from the recession, need remains very high
  • 22. Pushback: “Programs for hungry and poor people have grown to out of control levels in recent years.”• Worse recession since Great Depression.• Program growth to meet spikes in need.• As need falls, programs will shrink.
  • 23. Pushback: “Programs for hungry and poor people have grown to out of control levels in recent years.”• International Poverty- Focused Development Assistance is only 0.6% of the budget.• This small amount of our budget • saves lives • promotes stability • future economic well-being
  • 24. Pushback: “These programs don’t reduce hunger or poverty. They just create government dependency.”Promoting Economic Mobility:• Most only receive EITC for 1 or 2 years before moving onto higher income brackets and paying more in taxes• Federal job training programs • Increase employment rates by 10% points • Raise average quarterly earnings by $800 • Use less public assistance
  • 25. Pushback:“These programs don’t reduce hunger or poverty. They just create government dependency.”• 1.3 million people now have access to clean water• Millennium Challenge Corporation project raised Honduran farmers’ purchasing power by 87%• A well nourished child has a 30% higher income potential over their lifetime• Vaccines save 3 million lives each year
  • 26. Pushback:“If we exempt these programs we will end up having to exempt all programs.”• Exempting anti-poverty programs didn’t prevent deficit reduction in the past.• These programs are a small portion of the budget.• Protecting programs for poor and hungry people is not a tough choice. It is a moral imperative.
  • 27. The Ask: Create a circle of protection around funding for programs for hungry and poor people in the United States and abroad.Plus:I. Oppose caps on overall federal spendingII. Exempt programs for hungry and poor people from cutsIII. Consider all tools for deficit reduction
  • 28. Make sure to thank the member or staff for their time. Please, remember to: Fill out the Congressional Visit Report Form!Invite staff to our reception tonight at St. Mark’s from 5:30-7pm
  • 29. Create a circle of protection around funding for programs for hungry and poor people in the United States and abroad.I. Oppose caps on overall federal spendingII. Exempt programs for hungry and poor people from cutsIII.Consider all tools for deficit reduction Now let’s go do some advocacy!

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