Join us on Wednesday for an update the fiscal policy battles taking place over the budget, debt ceiling and Farm Bill. These three pieces of legislation are some of the most important for the lives America’s most vulnerable. Tune into “Understanding our Fiscal Future,” a webinar presented by the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs, this Wednesday from 2:30-3:30pm EST and find out how you can get involved to help protect our anti-poverty programs.
A bit of background on these three issues:
The Farm Bill sets much of U.S. food and agriculture policy. Just one of the included programs is SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps), which helps over 47 million struggling Americans put food on the table each month.
The federal budget determines the amount of discretionary spending the government is permitted in a given fiscal year. Currently, Congress is debating bills that maintain the sequester cuts that have cut housing assistance, Head Start and Department of Education programs, among other vital programs.
The debt ceiling limits the amount of debt the federal government can owe at any given moment. We are projected to reach that limit in nine days. If we hit this ceiling, the results are unknown and a bit frightening. The U.S. would be literally unable to pay its bills.
Join us to hear from experts from the faith community talk about how the current gridlock in Washington is hurting vulnerable Americans and what we can do about it.