There’s a disturbing news story circulating in Washington this week. According to Politico news, President Trump and Vice President Pence are preparing to launch an all-out attack on the bipartisan Senate farm bill.
At the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) 55th annual convention on August 31 – Sept. 3, 2018, Amelia Kegan, FCNL’s Legislative Director for Domestic Policy, was named the 2018 Interfaith Trailblazer of the Year. She was recognized for her ongoing work to dismantle structural economic injustice.
Washington, DC (September 18, 2018) – Seven states ranked among the top ten hungriest and poorest in the country, according to recently released U.S. government data. The states are New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
La Comunidad hispana aún Enfrenta Mayores Tasas de Pobreza y Hambre
Washington, DC (September 14, 2018) – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is encouraged to see the reduction in U.S. poverty and attribute this improvement to effective government programs like tax credits and food assistance. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau report, released this week, the official poverty rate decreased from 12.7 percent in 2016 to 12.3 percent in 2017, now totaling 39.7 million people.
The House and Senate are engaged in intense negotiations on a final farm bill (H.R. 2), the largest source of food assistance for millions of hungry families in our country. The biggest hurdle remains the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps).
Washington, DC (September 6, 2018) – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) applauded the drop in the number of food insecure households but argues much more work remains to end hunger and food insecurity in the United States. Yesterday, the same day the farm bill conferees met for their first public meeting, the Department of Agriculture released its annual food security data, reporting the number of people who were food insecure in 2017.
The Trump Administration has been seeking to add a question to the 2020 Census that would ask respondents to indicate whether they are a citizen of the United States or not. The proposed rule would go through the Department of Commerce, and would change how the Census intakes information.
Poverty still remains a prevalent issue in the U.S., particularly for communities of color. Millions of people remain far from their potential, often living on incomes too low to afford the basics, even if they work.