House Farm Bill Fails, SNAP and Food Aid Remain Intact for Now
Lent Devotions: Luke 22:43-44 February 28
Washington, DC, June 20, 2013
The House of Representatives failed to pass its version of the farm bill (H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013) today, which includes more than $20 billion in cuts to SNAP (formally food stamps) and $2.5 billion in cuts to international food aid programs.
“Today’s vote shows that, when we speak with one voice, Congress listens. I am humbled by the faithfulness of our members and activists in speaking out with and for hungry people,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “For the past few weeks, Bread for the World members have worked tirelessly, urging Congress to vote ‘NO’ on the House version of the farm bill. Thanks to their efforts, this bill failed today by a vote of 195-234.”
During the debate on the House floor, an amendment banning ex-offenders from SNAP benefits for life and an amendment imposing harsher work requirements were added to the bill. This farm bill would have also financially incentivized states to reduce caseloads, kicking families off of SNAP even if they were willing and looking for work, but unemployed due to a poor economy.
“Our advocacy on the farm bill is far from over,” added Beckmann. “We continue to press on, reminding Congress that any farm bill must protect hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world. We will be calling on anti-hunger activists around the country in the coming months to help protect these programs from cuts.”
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
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