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Protect Families Struggling with Hunger
We are called to feed hungry and clothe poor people.
The farm bill (H.R. 2) is the largest source of food assistance for millions of struggling families in our country. The Senate and House have passed different version of the bill and are currently reconciling them. The biggest hurdle to completing conference negotiations between the House and the Senate is the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). The House version of the farm bill, passed by just two votes (213-211), would take food away from people unable to find a job.
The bipartisan Senate bill passed by a vote of 83- 11 and does not make it harder for those looking for work to get SNAP. Please urge Congress to pass the Senate’s SNAP provisions in the final farm bill.
Pass a farm bill that keeps food on the table of struggling families by including the Senate’s SNAP provisions.
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- A September 2018 Census report found that nearly 40 million people are living in poverty in the U.S. The same report estimates that SNAP lifted 3.4 million people out of poverty in 2017.
- Taking food away from people will not create jobs, instead we need to invest in affordable child care, transportation, and skills development.
States are closer to local labor markets and should have flexibility to waive strict time limits on SNAP.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that the SNAP provisions in the House farm bill would eliminate or reduce food assistance for more than 2 million people.
Congress should do more to reduce poverty and hunger, not undercut effective programs like SNAP.