From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org):
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 http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5118/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=10309 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 http://frac.org/pdf/house_ag_amendments_farmbill_july2012.pdf for a summary of select SNAP amendments that were raised at the markup.
Go to http://frac.org/pdf/house_ag_comm_markup_voting_record_jul2012.pdf 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 http://www.house.gov.