House Agriculture Committee Passes Farm Bill Proposal—Contact Your Rep to Protect SNAP

From the Food Research and Action Center (

Yesterday, the House Agriculture Committee passed its 2012 Farm Bill by a vote of 35-11. The bill includes a $16.5 billion cut to SNAP over 10 years. Go to for FRAC’s press statement on the bill. As for next steps, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that no decisions have been made about scheduling the bill for floor action.

Amendments: A number of SNAP amendments were brought up during the 15 hour marathon mark up. Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Joe Baca (D-CA), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Joe Courtney (D-CT), Peter Welch (D-VT), Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Terri Sewell (D-AL) introduced an amendment that would restore the $16.5 billion cut to SNAP in the bill. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 31-15. While the amendment didn’t pass, we did pick up a number of Members thanks to your actions. During the mark up, a number of our champions spoke out in support of SNAP and the millions of low-income Americans who rely on this vital program.

Go to for a summary of select SNAP amendments that were raised at the markup.

Go to to see how committee members voted on various SNAP amendments, including the McGovern amendment, and final passage.

TAKE ACTION: Contact your Representative and urge him/her to support and protect SNAP, by voting NO to any farm bill that cuts SNAP.  Find contact information for your Representative at

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One Response to House Agriculture Committee Passes Farm Bill Proposal—Contact Your Rep to Protect SNAP

  1. Schaunel Steinnagel says:

    I hope that the Farm Bill will not cut SNAP, hurting hungry people!

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