In July, the House Agricultural Committee passed its version of the Farm Bill by a vote of 35-11. It includes $16.5 billion in cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). The effects this bill could have on a community are disastrous. Estimates are that the House cuts would force 2-3 million people off SNAP per year and deny school meals to nearly 300,000 children. This is on top of the $4.5 billion in cuts to SNAP passed by the Senate in its Farm Bill; the Senate bill would cut SNAP benefits by $90 per month for an estimated 500,000 households. It is uncertain if and when the House bill will come to the floor.
Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), George Miller (D-CA), and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) sponsored H.Res. 760 (full text), the Sense of the House Resolution opposing SNAP cuts. The more members of the House support this measure, the stronger the message that “SNAP works!”
TAKE ACTION: Urge your members of Congress to protect hungry children and families by rejecting cuts to SNAP in the Farm Bill or other deficit reduction legislation. Specifically, urge representatives to support H.Res 760. House members' offices should contact Keith Stern at Rep. Jim McGovern's office at firstname.lastname@example.org to join as a sponsor (the official sponsorship records will not be updated until Congress returns from recess). Can’t make a call or your representative is already a sponsor? Use our online email alert to tell Congress to protect SNAP.