Here is an update and action alert from our Friends at Food Lifeline. The House and Senate Agriculture Committees have voted to approve the Farm Bill which funds U.S. farm, food and nutrition policy. As part of the vote, the Senate approved cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps or SNAP) by $4.1 billion over 10 years. The House cuts were considerably deeper, at $20.5 billion.
The full Senate will begin deliberation on the Farm Bill this Monday. Senator Patty Murray just signed on to an amendment which would restore proposed cuts to SNAP. It’s important for Senator Cantwell to join her by also signing on to the Gillibrand amendment. It’s critical that you contact both of these Senators today and ask them to oppose serious cuts to SNAP for struggling families including over 1 million Washingtonians who rely on the program to place food on their tables.