Bread for the World Urges Congress to Vote “NO” on House Version of Farm Bill, Lauds the President’s Leadership
Washington, DC, June 20, 2013
Yesterday, the House of Representatives began considering its version of the farm bill (H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013), which includes more than $20 billion in cuts to SNAP (formally food stamps) and $2.5 billion in cuts to international food aid programs. Bread for the World encourages its members to urge their representatives to vote “No” on this version of the bill.
“These cuts would kick nearly 2 million people off the SNAP program, reduce benefits for more than 800,000 families, and leave 210, 000 children without free school meals,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Bread for the World strongly opposes passage of the House Agriculture Committee’s version of the farm bill.”
Just last month, the Senate passed its version of the farm bill, which cuts SNAP by $4.1 billion over ten years, leaving at least 450,000 families with reduced benefits. With 95 percent of SNAP funding going directly to benefits, any compromise between the House and Senate bills that includes cuts to SNAP will hurt hungry people and increase demand at charitable feeding organizations. . Since the 2008 recession, charities have had difficulty meeting community food needs. Any cut to SNAP will result in hungry people being turned away.
International food aid fared better in the Senate version, with a proposed expansion of the program that creates flexibility in purchasing emergency food and includes provisions to improve the quality of food aid, particularly for mothers, children under 5, and other groups of people who have been identified as particularly vulnerable.
According to the White House, President Barack Obama will veto the House version of the bill if it comes across his desk.
“We applaud the president’s leadership in protecting hungry and poor people from more draconian cuts,” Beckmann added. “We pray that both sides of the aisle will come together to protect domestic and international anti-hunger programs.”
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Media Relations Manager, 202-688-1118
Fito Moreno, Media Relations Specialist, 202-688-1138