Budget Deal Makes Good on Some Issues; Leaves Unemployed Workers Out in the Cold

Dec 19, 2013, 11:26 ET from Bread for the World

WASHINGTON , Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bread for the World is concerned about the nearly 1.3 million U.S. workers who will lose unemployment insurance by Dec. 31 with the passage yesterday of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. However, the bill eases the budget brinksmanship and provides some necessary relief from sequestration.  

Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, issued the following statement:

"Bread for the World supports the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 as it is an important first step towards ensuring that funding for key programs is protected. However, we are disappointed that lawmakers will leave for the holidays without taking action on legislation that impacts millions of hardworking Americans still rebounding from the recession. 

"It is disheartening that so many struggling families will endure additional hardship just days after Christmas. Congress must extend unemployment benefits immediately upon returning in the new year.

"As budgeting moves into appropriations, we will continue to push Congress to remember hungry people by protecting key programs like WIC, Meals on Wheels, and poverty-focused development assistance. Ultimately, Congress will need to take action that replaces the entire sequester and provides long-term solutions to the fiscal challenges facing this country."

President Obama is expected to sign the budget bill into law today.

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