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Summer Hunger
Federally funded Summer Meals begin this month and are served in local communities all over the country to low-income children who could lose reliable and healthy food during the school year. ELCA Advocacy will use this summer to bring awareness to the importance of the Summer Food Service Program and other hunger issues that affect our communities.
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Policy NOTES

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Dream Act
The Supreme Court said in June that it would review the Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in its next term which begins in October. The DACA program, which affords protections to nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, has been in temporary limbo as the case proceeded through the courts.

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UN Climate Change Session
ELCA Advocacy attended the Bonn Climate Change Conference (SB50) in June. The UNFCCC Executive Secretary highlighted four numbers in her Global Climate Briefing: 1.5 (or less), 2050, 2030, and 2020.

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FY20 Foreign Assistance Budget
The House of Representatives passed the International Affairs budget, which funds international anti-poverty programs. Compared to the FY19 enacted budget, the FY20 House bill increases by $2.2 billion (four percent). The House rejected President Trump’s proposal to cut this budget by 24 percent.

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Border Supplemental Signed 
President Trump signed a $4.59 billion border aid package July 1 as border agencies such as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have been under increased scrutiny for the treatment of migrants in detention facilities.

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Action Alerts

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URGE CONGRESS TO PASS THE GLOBAL FRAGILITY ACT
Now that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has marked up their version, take action as it moves to a full floor vote, improving capacity to identify and address root causes of violent conflicts around the world.

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SUPPORT THE EQUALITY ACT 
The House has passed the Equality Act (H.R. 5). The bill would add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the classes protected against discrimination by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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SUPPORT AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOMELESS PROGRAMS
Support solutions that create safe shelter, put more food on the table for low-income families, and help end homelessness.

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SECURE FUNDING FOR HUMAN AND JUST IMMIGRATION SYSTEM
Migrants should not be penalized for seeking a safer and better future for them and their families.

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Dates of Note

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ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering 
Sharing ways creative congregations and courageous leaders contribute to a just world where all are fed. 

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August recess (traditional) 
Check your lawmaker’s website for possible in-district Town Hall opportunities - or consider setting up your own.  

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