Farm Bill October 2012 Update
FARM BILL UPDATE
The Federal Farm Bill, authorized every five years is the largest source of federal funding
for critical nutrition programs, including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp Program).As you may know, both the
House Agricultural Committee and the Senate passed different versions of the
Farm Bill over the summer, leaving for recess without a final 2012 Farm Bill
Senate: On June 21, the final version of the Senate Farm Bill did contain $4.5
billion in cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). According
to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), these cuts will result in an estimated
500,000 households a year losing $90 per month in SNAP benefits. We applaud the
Senate for rejecting additional threats in the bill that would have damaged the
structure of the program, leaving poorer and hungrier the millions of Americans
who rely on SNAP for their basic food needs.
Committee: In July 2012 the House Agricultural Committee passed
a Farm Bill that cuts SNAP by over $16 billion. These cuts would be devastating for
our most vulnerable neighbors:
· 500,000 households would
see their benefits cut by an average $90 per month;
· 2 to 3 million
individuals would lose their food assistance entirely;
· Nearly 300,000 kids
would lose free school meals.
The House and Senate will need to reconcile the
differences between the two bills before the Farm Bill can move forward.
Congress is set to return from recess November 13 at which point more details
will become available. But YOU CAN ACT NOW!
Link to the sign on letter below. You can make the difference.
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