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Act Now: House Voting on Cuts to SNAP and Food Aid

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Update: 6/19/13

We expect two amendments to be considered and voted on today that Bread for the World strongly supports.  Please urge your representative to

1. Vote against any cuts to SNAP and vote for Rep. McGovern’s amendment to restore SNAP funding. The SNAP cuts included in the bill could kick at least 2 million people off of the program, reduce benefits for more than 800,000 families, and leave 210,000 children without free school meals.

2. Oppose cuts to food aid and vote for the bipartisan Royce-Engel amendment to make food aid more efficient. The amendment will feed at least 4 million more people at no additional cost to taxpayers by making the food aid system more flexible and efficient.

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By Eric Mitchell

This week, the House of Representatives is considering a farm bill that includes more than $20 billion in cuts to SNAP (formerly food stamps) and $2.5 billion in cuts to international food aid programs. Numerous harmful amendments submitted to the bill threaten to cut SNAP further or make dangerous changes to the way the program works.

Your representative needs to hear from you today.

The SNAP cuts included in the bill could kick at least 2 million people off of the program, reduce benefits for more than 800,000 families, and leave 210,000 children without free school meals. Cuts to food aid programs could cost lives and hinder the ability of the United States to effectively reach millions of people in need. These cuts must not stand.

Call your representative today and urge him or her to vote against a farm bill that includes cuts to SNAP or international food aid. Tell your representative that you

  1. Oppose any cuts to SNAP and support efforts to restore funding to the program, and
  2. Oppose cuts to food aid and support efforts to make the program more efficient.
The next 48 hours are critical as the House of Representatives moves to vote on the farm bill. Call your representative at 1-800-326-4941 or send an email today.

Thank you for continuing to use your voice to help ensure a place at the table for all God’s people.

Eric Mitchell is Bread for the World's director of government relations. 

 

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