FARM BILL: HOUSE VOTING TODAY

The House has begun debate on the House Farm Bill. The first votes on the amendments are expected to begin later this afternoon. Please call your members NOW and urge them to vote against the three harmful amendments being proposed to the nutrition title in the House Farm Bill. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 TODAY to be connected to your House representative. Urge him or her to vote “NO” on the Farm Bill (H.R.2). The House has begun debate on the House Farm Bill. The first votes on the amendments are expected to begin later this afternoon. Please call your members NOW and urge them to vote against the three harmful amendments being proposed to the nutrition title in the House Farm Bill. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 TODAY to be connected to your House representative. Urge him or her to vote “NO” on the Farm Bill (H.R.2).

Further Reading: See the full breakdown and talking points here

Now is the time to speak out about the harmful impacts that the proposed changes to SNAP would have on children, working families earning low wages, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. Information & talking points here. Summary of Harmful SNAP Amendments: * Holding Amendment #102: Makes the work requirement worse by applying it to parents of kids 3 and older; eliminates waivers for high unemployment areas; reduces state exemptions to 5% from 15%; and imposes a redundant immigration status check through E-Verify for SNAP job training participants.

Summary of Harmful SNAP Amendments:

  • McClintock #102: This amendment would put more people’s – including families with pre-school aged children – vital food assistance at risk. It would expand the pool of people subject to the work requirements by including parents with 3-5-year olds. It would also gut states’ ability to exempt individuals from the work rule, such as homeless individuals or veterans
  • Faso Amendment #108: Allows states to fully privatize SNAP operations.
  • Holding Amendment #74: Denies food assistance to individuals who have served their sentence for a single violent crime. This amendment would impede rehabilitation and reintegration into society while threatening the food security of the individuals as well as their families.
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