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The Farm Bill: What Happens Now?  

On Friday, May 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted down H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, or the House Farm Bill by a vote of 198-238. This bill would have caused more than 2 million Americans to see their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) benefits cut or eliminated entirely. Furthermore, it would have created a massive new bureaucracy that would have overwhelmed states, prevented individuals from accessing benefits, and implemented even stricter work requirements, locking people out of the program if they couldn’t comply.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Applauds Congress for Protecting Vital Anti-Poverty Programs 


Washington, DC (May 18, 2018) – The Quaker lobby, The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), thanks lawmakers for rejecting dangerous changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in today’s House vote on the Farm Bill or the 2018 Agriculture and Nutrition Act (H.R. 2).

Press Release Faith Leaders Share Quotes Opposing Dangerous Changes to SNAP 

On April 18, 2018, FCNL joined a multi-faith effort to speak out against the harmful changes to SNAP and the farm bill.

Action Alert The House Farm Bill Could Leave Millions Hungry 

The farm bill passed by the House Agriculture Committee could force a million people off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). SNAP helps more than 40 million people put food on the table and prevent hunger.

Update House Farm Bill Could Push Millions of People Off SNAP, Exacerbating Hunger in the U.S. 

On April 12, Representative Conaway, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, released his farm bill. The Farm Bill reauthorizes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formally known as food stamps). SNAP helps more than 40 million Americans put food on the table, yet Chairman Conaway’s bill includes changes to SNAP that could potentially force millions of struggling Americans off the program.

Statement FCNL Submits Comment to USDA on Proposed Work Requirements for SNAP 

FCNL submitted a comment to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) about a new rule that was recently proposed. The rule would place new requirements on Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) within the SNAP program, and would place restrictions on their access to SNAP benefits.

A Warning From Indiana: Beware of Medicaid Work Requirements 

by Fran Quigley, Indiana University School of Law

The Trump administration recently approved plans to impose work requirements on people relying on Medicaid in Kentucky and Indiana and seems poised to do the same for at least eight other states. Based on my experiences as an attorney and law professor representing low-income clients in Indiana, I can assure you that many people will fall through the cracks.

Update Analysis of Domestic Policy Priorities in the Recent Budget Deal 

After struggling for months to agree upon a budget outline, in the early morning hours of February 9, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. While there were some major disappointments in that budget deal, namely the huge increases to defense spending and the failure to address Dreamers, there were also some notable wins, particularly for a few key domestic policy priorities.

Statement Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty 

As leaders from diverse families of U.S. Christianity, we are called by the Spirit to work together with new urgency against the resurgence of racism and the persistence of poverty in America.

Background Why Work Requirements Don't Work 

As Congress plans their legislative goals for the year, we’ve heard certain elected leaders mention that they want to achieve “welfare reform” in 2018. While the term may sound harmless, in reality it acts as a vehicle for elected officials to strip benefits from those who rely on government programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid.

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