As a follower of Jesus, who calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves, I am deeply concerned about budget proposals from the Trump administration and the House Budget Committee that would cut domestic and international funding for people living with hunger and poverty.
Domestic programs like SNAP, WIC and tax credits for low-income working families provide our neighbors here in the United States with a critical safety net.
And international programs like food aid, development assistance, and maternal and child nutrition improve the lives of millions of our neighbors, on less than 1 percent of our federal budget. All of these programs face deep cuts.
Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle understand the moral, economic and national security value of these programs and are working together to protect them.
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As a member of Bread for the World, a grass-roots Christian advocacy group working to end hunger in the U.S. and abroad, I call on U.S. Sens. Crapo and Risch and Rep. Labrador to do all they can to reject these cuts and pass a budget that protects our most vulnerable neighbors, near and far. I invite you to join me in speaking up, by visiting www.bread.org/OL.
Vivian and Bob Parrish, Boise