Just months after passing a massive tax cut for millionaires and billionaires, House Republicans are proposing to cut or reduce food assistance benefits for 2 million people, many of whom are low-income working families with children.
We still have time to stop the Republican attack on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), but we have to act quickly.
We created a petition telling Congress that the 2018 farm bill must strengthen—not cut—food assistance programs for low income Americans. Click here to sign the petition now.
The farm bill is the most important piece of legislation for small towns and rural communities. Rural America needs a strong farm bill now more than ever and the last farm bill is set to expire on September 30th.
Right now, small towns and rural economies are under significant financial stress. Low farm prices due to Trump’s trade war, commodity market oversupply, and domestic policy uncertainty are putting significant financial strain on farmers. In fact, net farm income has been cut in half since the last farm bill passed in 2014.
However, in the middle of a farm crisis that we haven’t seen in decades, House Republicans are promoting an ideologically driven policy built on the dangerous stereotype that people are poor because they don’t work.
SNAP is the country’s most effective anti-hunger program, helping 1 in 8 Americans afford a basic diet. More than 6 million people with disabilities are estimated to participate in the program, including 4 million non-elderly adults who receive disability benefits, close to another 2 million who don’t receive disability benefits but have work-limiting health conditions, and many children.
The House Republican plan will reduce or eliminate benefits for more than 2 million people through significant cuts to SNAP and expanded work requirements that would take benefits away from people who don’t meet them.
However, the Senate’s bipartisan bill strengthens SNAP and expands the 2014 farm bill’s pilot program to test promising approaches to job training and other employment-related activities for SNAP participants and would make targeted investments in SNAP to help seniors and people with disabilities, as well as Native American Tribes.
The next step in the legislative process is a “conference” between the House and Senate proposals. During the conference, lawmakers will decide whether to take the House Republican proposal to cut SNAP or the bipartisan Senate proposal to strengthen it.
That’s why it’s incredibly important that we push Congress RIGHT NOW to pass a farm bill that would support and strengthen SNAP — not make it harder for people to access crucial nutrition assistance.
Please join with us and tell Congress that the 2018 Farm Bill must strengthen the SNAP food assistance program for low income Americans.
SNAP doesn’t just help those it need. SNAP helps local farmers by ensuring that food dollars stay local and go to farmers in their community.