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How Does the Fiscal Cliff Agreement Affect Hungry Americans & the Food Banks That Serve Them?


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JL
- 697 days ago - feedingamerica.org
Cuts to anti-hunger programs, as well as limits to the charitable tax deduction, were averted in this agreement, in large measure due to the tremendous advocacy efforts of anti-hunger advocates like you.



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JL A. (276)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 12:05 pm
How does the Fiscal Cliff agreement affect hungry Americans & the food banks that serve them?


On January 1, Congress passed an agreement to avert the “Fiscal Cliff” and prevent tax rates from rising on 98% of Americans. As part of the deal, the automatic spending cuts (sequestration) that were scheduled to go into effect on January 1 have been postponed for two months. The measure also included an extension of the Farm Bill until September 30 and renewed the Food Donation Tax Deduction through 2013. Below is a breakdown of how the Fiscal Cliff agreement impacts the network and the clients we serve.

Farm Bill

Extends the Farm Bill until September 30.
No cuts to SNAP benefits, but $110 million was cut from SNAP Nutrition Education
TEFAP remains unchanged from previous Farm Bill.
Some expired (non nutrition) programs were not funded in the extension.

Tax

Reinstates and renews the food donation tax deduction for 2012 and 2013.
Leaves deductions including the charitable tax deduction uncapped.
Allows the Pease Limitation to be reinstated for incomes above $250,000 single/$300,000 married when taking itemized deductions (The Pease limitation reduces itemized deductions by 3 percent of the amount by which adjusted gross income exceeds a specified threshold, up to a maximum reduction of 80 percent of itemized deductions. Could have an impact on very large strategic gifts, but not nearly as much as capping deductions would have).

What’s Next?

Cuts to anti-hunger programs, as well as limits to the charitable tax deduction, were averted in this agreement, in large measure due to the tremendous advocacy efforts of anti-hunger advocates like you. However, deficit reduction politics will continue to dominate Washington. We can expect significant pressure to cut SNAP and other programs our clients rely on will continue through 2013 as Congress makes decisions on the Farm Bill, federal spending, and deficit reduction. We will need to be ready for several important events over the next few months and advocacy will continue to be critical.

Debt Ceiling vote: Mid-February. The Debt Ceiling will need to be increased in mid-February. This vote may be used as leverage to make sweeping spending cuts.
Farm Bill Markup: End of February. Because there is a new Congress, both the House and Senate will need to rewrite the Farm Bill. The House has indicated they will markup the Farm Bill on February 27. The Senate is also expected to act quickly.
Sequestration: March. The automatic spending cuts scheduled to go into effect January 1 were postponed until March. The threat of sequestration remains another leverage point to make additional spending cuts.
Expiring Continuing Resolution: March. The Continuing Resolution will expire in March, meaning Congress will need to pass legislation to keep the government in operation.

Advocacy

Right now, our focus should be on meeting with new Members of Congress and preparing for the upcoming Farm Bill and broader deficit deals. One thing you can do is join online campaign to get every Member of Congress to visit their food bank.
 

Sue Matheson (76)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 12:10 pm
thanks
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 12:42 pm

We can sign petitions and CALL our members of Congress. Know when they are in the local office and show up with others to take them to the FOOD banks. Big problem with Congress - they have no idea how the real poverty in America looks, what it's like to live in deep generational poverty, to be hungry all the time.
 

JL A. (276)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 12:55 pm
You're welcome Sue.
Thanks for emphasizing what we CAN do on this Kit. You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.
 

Terry V. (30)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 6:01 pm
Not only are people going hungry, but the food they can afford is not part of a healthy diet
 

JL A. (276)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 6:03 pm
Good reminder Terry! You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last week.
 

Tomoko Harris (83)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 2:23 pm
And where are so called pro lifers? Do they care - NO!
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 5:55 pm
Thankyou for posting this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..........signed in hotmail!!!!!!!!111
 

Diana P. (12)
Monday January 21, 2013, 6:39 am
Our dictator keeps giving money to foreign countries when American citizens need help. Sure, makes a whole lot of sense to me. I have seen first hand the poverty in our country. Charity begins at home here in America.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Monday January 21, 2013, 6:43 am
The fiscal cliff is nothing more than a manufactured situation to ratchet up the level of intensity of pressuring the American people into giving Obama and all his Wall Street buddies another tax bailout. It does nothing to address the fiscal situation across the nation whatsoever. It will end up cutting more services and in the end increase the burden of the average American while getting him/her to cede just a little bit more of their individual rights and freedoms. The situation will definitely worsen over the next four years and increase the need for food banks. If you read then you should be aware that there are the first quarter of 2013 is going to be questionable. Watch out for the last one which is predicted to be very bad. This is all designed to bring about global restructuring on all levels. Whatever you can do you had better do now.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday January 21, 2013, 7:14 am
You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last week.
 

Diane O. (167)
Monday January 21, 2013, 11:15 am
Michael, I agree with your comments. The fiscal cliff has been manufactured just like raising the debt ceiling is a scare tactic. We've already witnessed the lying Obama pressuring us into the $860 billion stimulus which failed miserably. Everyone of Obama's hand picked green companies went belly up in record time.

I never believed in the bail outs. There should be NO company in the US that is too big to fail. It's the American way....the strong companies survive and if they become weak there's a smaller company right behind them who is ready to step up to the plate to buy them out or enter into a merger.

Obama is a disaster as a president. He has more people on food stamps than in any time in our history and he is directly responsible for the continued high unemployment. He delivers nothing but more taxes, a mandated penalty tax on the heatlhcare within companies and these companies are responding by cutting the hours of their full time employees so that they don't qualify for healthcare benefits so that they can meet their payroll obligations.

I always knew Obama was going to a real risk to our country. Obama needs to be shut down in 2014....the American people did it in 2010 and they can do it again in 2014.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Monday January 21, 2013, 11:29 am
Thank you.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday January 21, 2013, 2:20 pm
You're welcome Shanti.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday January 21, 2013, 2:21 pm
Reminder of what the topic of this thread is:
How does the Fiscal Cliff agreement affect hungry Americans & the food banks that serve them?
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday January 21, 2013, 2:44 pm
Thanks J.L. Good post and comments.
 

Diane O. (167)
Monday January 21, 2013, 3:00 pm
My comments have everything to do with hungry Americans and food banks. It's important to know why the numbers of needy people are soaring under Obama's reign. Wait until sequestration takes place very soon....unemployment will go over 10% with millions out of work by the lack of a stroke of a pen by Obama.

Think we've got it bad now? We'll mirror the Great Depression and the soup kitchen lines.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday January 21, 2013, 3:37 pm
Thanks Diane for providing the missing links in thoughts written to explain how your prior comment related to the issue of hunger from your perspective.
 

Diane O. (167)
Monday January 21, 2013, 3:46 pm
My pleasure.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Monday January 21, 2013, 5:52 pm
Yes, her perspective. Fortunately, most people are a little more optimistic and better informed. As Kit said, the main problem now is that most of Congress has no clue how it is to be poor nor do they have to wonder where food for the week will come from. And as Terry said, cheap food is not necessarily healthy food.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday January 21, 2013, 5:55 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Arielle because you have done so within the last week.
 

Ro H. (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:48 am
ty
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 8:36 am
You're welcome Ro
 
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