We’ve talked a lot about the 2018 farm bill in recent newsletters, but that’s because it is so important. No other legislation but the farm bill has such a direct impact on what we eat.
This impact is especially true for the more than 45 million Americans who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and we have the responsibility to make sure that the final legislative product doesn’t hurt our most vulnerable populations.
As you may have heard, the U.S. House of Representatives voted – for a second time – on their controversial and highly partisan bill, officially known as the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2). But don’t let that name fool you, this bill would increase food insecurity for millions across the country, as well as decrease access to healthy school lunches for thousands of children. You’re the Cure advocates sent thousands of messages to their Representatives urging them to vote against the bill. While the first attempt at passing the bill failed, unfortunately, late last week the House of Representatives approved the bill by a razor thin margin of 213-211.
The efforts of You’re the Cure advocates helped keep the vote close, and we have another chance in the form of the Senate bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (S. 3042). The House and Senate produced vastly different versions of the farm bill and the Senate version is far better for our vulnerable populations, including children, seniors, the disabled, and even veterans.
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on their version of the farm bill THIS WEEK and we need your help to make sure the measure passes. Please take just 30 seconds and send this pre-filled email to your Senators urging them to VOTE YES when the Senate farm bill comes to a vote this week.
Senate colleagues have worked together to produce a bipartisan bill that protects SNAP and nutrition education programs (SNAP-Ed). The bill also extends and improves the Food Insecurity and Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program, which provides increased access to fruits and vegetables for Americans in need. In short, the Senate bill does what the farm bill is intended to do: provide food security to millions of families who struggle to put food on the table.
While both sides of the political aisle have worked on this bill, Senate passage is not yet guaranteed so please contact your Senators and urge them to VOTE YES when the 2018 farm bill comes for a vote.