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Update A Missed Opportunity on Taxes and a Chance to Try Again 

Congress failed to pass a package of key tax credits and extensions that would have benefited 19 million low-income people and updated critical tax credits to encourage solar energy, energy storage, offshore wind, and electric vehicles. But lawmakers soon could have another chance to advance these needed changes.

Background Trump Administration Seeks to Cut Food Assistance 

The Trump administration has used a series of regulatory changes to dramatically cut food assistance. This is being done despite Congress’s explicit efforts to protect people struggling with hunger in the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization.

Press Release Videos by Presidential Candidates Focus on Faith, Hunger, and Poverty 

Washington, DC – More than 50 Christian leaders with the Circle of Protection asked all of the presidential candidates, Republican and Democratic, to send a short video explaining what they “would do as president to offer help and opportunity to poor and hungry people in the United States and around the world.”

Update Food Stamp Changes Punish People Struggling to Find Work 

With one rule change this week, the Trump administration put hundreds of thousands of people at risk of hunger.

Statement FCNL Submits Comment Opposing Proposed Changes to SNAP  

The Department of Agriculture recently unveiled a proposed rule that would reduce Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by $4.5 billion over five years. FCNL submitted a public comment on Nov. 26 decrying the proposal, which would have an outsize impact on low-income families and marginalized communities.

Update Good Housing Policy Reduces Poverty: Congress Must Fund These Essential Programs 

The Senate recently passed H.R.3055, a package of appropriations bills for FY2020, which included funding for the departments of Agriculture; Commerce, Justice, and Science; Interior; and Transportation and Housing (T-HUD).

Action Alert Urge Your Senators to Support Tax Credits for Working Families  

Right now, Congress is working to pass tax legislation that will benefit businesses, while continuing to leave low-income working families behind. Before they vote, your senators need to hear from you.

Press Release Eight States Now on Both Hungriest and Poorest Lists 

Washington, DC – Eight states now rank in the top ten as both the hungriest and poorest in the country, according to recently released government data. New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, and West Virginia were on both lists in 2017. Now, for 2018, Oklahoma has joined their ranks.

Update Top 10 Poorest States in the U.S. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, national poverty rate was 11.8% percent or 38.1 million Americans in 2018. These states have the highest percentages of poverty in the country: Puerto Rico, Mississippi, New Mexico, Louisiana, West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, District of Colombia, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.

Update Top 10 Hungriest States in the U.S.  

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 11.1 percent of American households experienced hunger in 2018. These states have the highest percentages of American households who experienced hunger: New Mexico, Mississippi, Louisiana, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Alabama, Kentucky, Texas, North Carolina and Kansas.

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