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1 Lobby Day 2013 An Overview #breadrising

2 Matt Newell-Ching Deputy Director of Organizing Western Region

3 “The reality is that in order to break free from the bondage [of poverty] in this country and the world, we need elected officials to make good on their words and put love thy neighbor at the center of our legislative agenda.” -Derick Dailey #breadrising

4 Today’s Agenda Lobby Day Basics Issues –The Farm Bill –Sequestration Resources What Comes Next? #breadrising

5 Lobby Day Basics

6 Source: Congressional Management Foundation, 2011

7 Lobby Day 8 am – 12:30 pm Mead Center Breakfast/Registration Worship Issues Briefing State Caucusing (Lunch) Depart for Senate Mead Center U.S. Capitol #breadrising

8 Lobby Day 1 pm – 5 pm Lobby Visits 1 – 3 pm (Senate) 3 – 5 pm (House) House Buildings Senate Buildings Shuttle Dropoff Mead Center Transportation alternatives will be provided for people with limited mobility U.S. Capitol #breadrising

9 Lobby Day 5:30 – 8 pm Canon House Office Building Reception Closing Worship House Buildings #breadrising

10 #breadrising

11 Issue 1: Protect SNAP and Reform Food Aid in the Farm Bill

12 Christine Meléndez Ashley Policy Analyst

13 The Farm Bill #breadrising

14 The Farm Bill Reality Governs farm and food policy – including SNAP & international food aid Considered every 5 – 6 years Must be passed by both the House and Senate Unique budget climate means… #breadrising

15 2013 Farm Bill Reality #breadrising

16 Where are we now? The Senate On the Senate floor $4 billion cut to SNAP Reforms plus increases funding for Local and Regional Procurement program #breadrising

17 Where are we now? The House Will be on the floor in June $20 billion cut to SNAP $2.5 billion cut to food aid & 78% cut to food aid quality programs #breadrising

18 Our Asks Protect & strengthen SNAP Protect & improve food aid #breadrising

19 ISSUE 2: Replace “Sequestration”

20 Amelia Kegan Senior Policy Analyst

21 “Sequestration” Automatic cuts: half defense, half non-defense Tool to force a budget deal Purposefully painful Cuts began March 1 and last 9 years #breadrising

22 Now is not the problem. Tomorrow is the problem. #breadrising

23 Replace with a balanced budget plan Revenues Entitlements #breadrising

24 Fuel the fire Build the pressure #breadrising

25 Stories!!! #breadrising

26 What Comes Next

27 Additional Resources: #breadrising


29 I am prepared to take the long, hard road, knowing it may not happen today or tomorrow, but ultimately, eventually, it will happen. That’s what faith is all about. That’s the definition of commitment – patience and persistence. People who are like fireworks, popping off right and left with lots of sound and sizzle, can capture a crowd, capture a lot of attention for a time, but I always have to ask, where will they be in the end? Some battles are long and hard, and you have to have staying power. Firecrackers go off in a flash, then leave nothing but ashes. I prefer a pilot light – the flame is nothing flashy, but once it is lit, it doesn’t go out. It burns steadily, and it burns forever. -Rep. John Lewis Walking With the Wind

30 Possible Next Steps Contact House hill staff during Farm Bill debate Organize a lobby visit in a local office Brainstorm with your regional organizer

31 #breadrising

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