As Congress considers the 2018 year-end spending decisions, I pray they protect funding for critical anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs. I am deeply opposed to a spending bill that, if passed, would increase hunger and poverty in Idaho, the United States and around the world.
In Idaho, 232,180 people are struggling with hunger — and of them 76,070 are children. In the U.S., one in eight families are struggling to put food on the table. Even more appalling and heartbreaking are the 815 million people around the world living in hunger — yes, million. Honestly, now is not the time to cut funding for programs like WIC, global nutrition and humanitarian assistance.
Cutting funding to these programs will increase hunger and hardship for millions of people in the United States and abroad, including Idaho. As Congress works on the remainder of the fiscal year 2018 spending bills, I urge Senators Risch and Crapo, Congressmen Labrador and Simpson to reject cuts to lifesaving programs. The budget should not be balanced on the backs of hungry folks, those in poverty, nor should anyone be taxed into poverty.
Dawn Pierce, Boise
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