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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