How Advocacy Helped Prevent the Passage of a Bad Farm Bill
On June 20, 2013, the House of Representatives brought a farm bill to the floor for a vote, but failed to pass the legislation. This was the first time that a farm bill has ever failed in the House. The bill included more than $20 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and $2.5 billion in cuts to international food aid.
"The fact that we were able to speak out and the bill failed is a victory for hungry people in the United States and around the world," says Bread for the World policy analyst Christine Ashley in the short video above. "It sends a message to Congress that these kinds of cuts can’t stand."
"If we really want to end hunger, then you’ve also got to weigh in on laws and structures that affect hungry people," says Bread for the World President David Beckmann in the clip. "The farm bill is a clear example of this."
Stay tuned to the Bread Blog for updates and action alerts related to the farm bill.
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