Anti-Hunger Advocates Congratulate “Close Anti-Hunger Ally” Chuck Schumer on Becoming Senate Majority Leader

01.06.2021

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Nicole Aber, 646-627-7741

naber@hungerfreeamerica.org

Look Forward to Significant Progress with Supportive White House and Congress

 

Call on GOP to Restore Bi-Partisan Support for Fighting Hunger

In response to the Democrats apparently winning a majority in the U.S. Senate – and the likely elevation of Senator Chuck Schumer of New York to the Senate Majority Leader position, Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, a nonpartisan advocacy and direct service nonprofit organization, issued the following statement:

“We warmly congratulate U.S. Senator Charles Schumer on his apparent rise to Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate. He has been a close ally of our organization and the anti-hunger cause for decades. We look forward to working with him and other supportive Senators such as Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow – as well as anti-hunger allies President-Elect Joe Biden, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – to make historic progress in aiding the tens of millions of Americans now suffering from hunger and poverty. We greatly anticipate working with them to pass and enact policies to create jobs, raise wages, make health care and housing affordable, and ensure a robust nutrition assistance safety net.

We note that, in the 1970s, there was strong bipartisan support for fighting hunger, with key Republican leaders such as Richard Nixon and Robert Dole playing critical roles in dramatically increasing funding for the federal assistance safety net. I hope the G.O.P. reverts to that common sense, compassionate support for making sure the ‘least of these’ are fed. We will continue to work with anyone from any party who is serious about reducing hunger. But no matter what, the leadership in D.C. should aggressively and rapidly implement a serious anti-hunger and economic opportunity agenda.”

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