The House and Senate are engaged in intense negotiations on a final farm bill (H.R. 2), the largest source of food assistance for millions of hungry families in our country. The biggest hurdle remains the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps).
Washington, DC (September 6, 2018) – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) applauded the drop in the number of food insecure households but argues much more work remains to end hunger and food insecurity in the United States. Yesterday, the same day the farm bill conferees met for their first public meeting, the Department of Agriculture released its annual food security data, reporting the number of people who were food insecure in 2017.
The Trump Administration has been seeking to add a question to the 2020 Census that would ask respondents to indicate whether they are a citizen of the United States or not. The proposed rule would go through the Department of Commerce, and would change how the Census intakes information.
Poverty still remains a prevalent issue in the U.S., particularly for communities of color. Millions of people remain far from their potential, often living on incomes too low to afford the basics, even if they work.
The House and Senate have each passed their own, starkly different, versions of a farm bill (H.R. 2). The bill now moves to conference as legislators negotiate a final bill. The consequences for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) could be huge and devastating.
On Thursday, June 28, the Senate passed H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, better known as the Senate farm bill. The bill passed by an overwhelming vote of 86-11 and without any harmful amendments. This was a huge victory.
Washington, DC (June 29, 2018) – The Quaker lobby, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), applauds the Senate for protecting vital nutrition programs in the Senate Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which passed with strong bipartisan support in an 86-11 vote last night.
The House just passed a Farm Bill that will force at least two million people off of vital nutrition assistance by making harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is a vital resource for many leaving prisons and jails and returning to communities.
Washington, DC (June 22, 2018) – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) sharply criticized the passage of the farm bill, H.R.2., last night. The five-year bill will force 2 million Americans to lose some or all their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food assistance benefits.