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Thanks to your hard work, the House failed on Friday to pass its 2018 farm bill by a vote of 198-213. Bread for the World thanks all of our members and supporters who contacted their representatives and urged them to vote against the bill. This victory could not have happened without you!
Look here to see how your representative voted. Call your representative (800-826-3688) to thank them for voting against the bill or to oppose their support for the bill.
Unfortunately, House Speaker Paul Ryan could bring this bill back up for a vote again early next week, so we will need to ensure our members of Congress stand strong in opposing these harmful cuts.
The House farm bill would cut billions of dollars in food assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), partly by applying work and job training requirements to older people and parents with children. Two million people would be forced off the program. In addition, more than 200,000 children would lose access to free school meals. African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans would be disproportionately affected by the legislation.
Lawmakers should focus on legislative measures to improve job opportunities and reduce barriers to employment. Bread for the World’s 2018 Hunger Report, “The Jobs Challenge: Working to End Hunger by 2030,” provides lawmakers with a menu of policy recommendations they can enact.
Thank you again for all you do to end hunger and poverty.
This victory could not have happened without you!
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