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Act Now: House Farm Bill Will Cut Anti-Hunger Funding

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Joe Martingale (standing) of New York talks with other Bread for the World activists from the state during Bread's Lobby Day in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World.

We need your voice once more and we only have about 24 hours to act! The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and international food aid continue to be targeted for cuts on Capitol Hill.

On Wednesday, July 11, the House Agriculture committee will vote on their version of the farm bill -- the major source of funding for SNAP and other nutrition programs. This draft bill includes a devastating $16.5 billion cut to SNAP. The bill also cripples efforts to increase the nutritional quality of international food aid programs by slashing potential funding by 95.6 percent over the next five years.

The Senate has already firmly rejected deep cuts to SNAP while also proposing common sense reforms to international food aid. The House of Representatives can, and must, do better.

 

The Senate has already firmly rejected deep cuts to SNAP while also proposing common sense reforms to international food aid. The House of Representatives can, and must, do better.

As a member of the agriculture committee, your U.S. representative needs to hear from you now. Ask your U.S. representative to:

  1. Oppose amendments that would further cut SNAP or international food aid. The chairman's proposal already contains $16.5 billion in cuts to SNAP over the next 10 years which would mean 2 to 3 million recipients would lose their benefits. Further amendments would be devastating to more American families. Last year, 66 million people suffering in emergencies around the world depended on U.S. food aid. Cuts to food aid could devastate them.
  2. No matter what happens to these amendments, vote against this farm bill because it cuts critical anti-hunger programs needed by hungry and poor people in the U.S., and around the world.

"NO" votes in the House Agriculture Committee are critical to minimizing cuts in the final version of the farm bill that will be negotiated by both Houses of Congress. Call your U.S. representative at 1-800-326-4941 by noon tomorrow, July 11. Thank you for your continued support.

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