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Urgent Action Needed: Support the Johanns-Leahy Amendment


Update, 12:55 p.m., 5/22: By a vote of 16 ayes to 14 nays, the Johanns-Leahy Amendment passed in the appropriations committee markup! Thank you advocates! This is a significant victory, but we must still be vigilant as the bill moves through the committee and the rest of Congress.

URGENT action needed! The Senate Appropriations Committee is considering its fiscal year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill tomorrow morning, and Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) are introducing an amendment to provide $35 million for food-aid reform efforts. 

This funding will increase flexibility and improve efficiency of U.S. food aid, allowing this vital assistance to reach more people in a timely manner. 

We need your help to reach out to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and ask them to support the Johanns-Leahy amendment. 

Please contact members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and tell them to vote in favor of the Johanns-Leahy amendment to provide $35 million for flexibility of food aid in the Agriculture Appropriations bill.  This funding will help feed an additional 200,000 people in need!

A full list of the appropriators is below; call 800-326-4941 to be connected to the Capitol switchboard.

If you're on Twitter, you can also tweet the appropriators. 

Sample tweet: .@SenatorBarb help #foodaid reach more people in need! Support the Johanns-Leahy amendment ow.ly/x7LWH "

Senate Appropriations Committee:

Alabama: Sen. Richard Shelby  @SenShelbyPress Ranking member


Sen. Mark Begich @SenatorBegich

Sen. Lisa Murkowski @lisamurkowski


Sen. John Boozman  @JohnBoozman

Sen. Mark Pryor  @SenMarkPryor

Delaware: Sen. Chris Coons  @SenCoonsOffice

California: Sen. Diane Feinstein  @SenFeinstein


Sen. Richard Durbin @SenatorDurbin

Sen. Mark Kirk @SenatorKirk

Iowa: Sen. Tom Harkin  @SenatorHarkin

Indiana: Sen. Dan Coats @SenDanCoats

Louisianna: Sen. Mary Landrieu  @SenLandrieu

Kansas: Sen. Jerry Moran  @JerryMoran

Kentucky: Sen Mitch McConnell  @McConnellPress

Maine: Sen. Susan Collins  @SenatorCollins

Maryland: Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski  @SenatorBarb chair

Mississippi: Sen. Thad Cochran  @SenThadCochran

Missouri: Sen. Roy Blunt  @RoyBlunt

Montana: Sen. Jon Tester  @JonTester

New Hampshire: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen  @SenatorShaheen

New Mexico: Sen. Tom Udall  @SenatorTomUdall

North Dakota: Sen John Hoeven  @SenJohnHoeven

Oregon: Sen. Jeff Merkley  @SenJeffMerkley

Rhode Island: Sen. Jack Reed  @SenJackReed

South Carolina: Sen. Lindsey Graham  @GrahamBlog

South Dakota: Sen. Tim Johnson @SenJohnsonSD

Tennessee: Sen. Lamar Alexander  @SenAlexander

Washington: Sen. Patty Murray @PattyMurray


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