We did it! Thanks to your efforts, the House of Representatives failed to pass the farm bill (H.R.2) on May 18, 2018 by a vote of 198-213.
Look here to see how your representative voted. Call your representative (800-826-3688) to thank them for voting against the bill or to oppose their support for the bill.
This farm bill proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would have put millions of Americans at risk of hunger in the name of getting SNAP recipients back to work. These changes would take 2 million people off the program and cause more than 200,000 children to lose access to free school meals.
House Speaker Paul Ryan could bring this bill back up for a vote in the near future. Your calls today will be critical in ensuring members of Congress stand strong in opposing these harmful SNAP cuts.
What the Failed Bill Contained:
Every month, 850,000 Arizonans rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to put food on the table. Half of those that use SNAP in our state are children. Another 18% have a disability or are elderly.
The Farm Bill, which funds SNAP, poses a grave threat to food security for hundreds of thousands of Arizonans. Provisions in the bill would mean that 280,000 people in our state alone could lose access to this vital resource, and up to 40,000 low-income Arizona children could be kicked off the free school lunch program.
This bill will be up for a final vote in the House of Representatives on Thursday. Please call and email your Representative today and tomorrow.
See below for Congressional contact information and a sample phone script. Thank you for your advocacy.
Sample Phone Script:
“My name is ______ and I am a constituent of Representative ________. I am asking the Representative to vote NO on H.R. 2, the Farm Bill. The bill would reduce or eliminate access to healthy food for millions of children, veterans, women, older people, family caregivers, and/or with disabilities.”
Congressional Contact Info:
Representative Tom O’Halleran (01-D):
202-225-3361 ~ @RepOHalleran ~ email Rep. O’Halleran
Representative Martha McSally (02-R):
202-225-2542 ~ @RepMcSally ~ email Rep. McSally
Representative Raul Grijalva (03-D):
202-225-2435 ~ @RepRaulGrijalva ~ email Rep. Grijalva
Representative Paul Gosar (04-R):
202-225-2315 ~ @RepGosar ~ email Rep. Gosar
Representative Andy Biggs (05-R):
202-225-2635 ~ @RepAndyBiggsAZ ~ email Rep. Biggs
Representative David Schweikert (06-R):
202-225-2190 ~ @RepDavid ~ email Rep. Schweikert
Representative Ruben Gallego (07-D):
202-225-4065 ~ @RepRubenGallego ~ email Rep. Gallego
Representative Debbie Lesko (08-R):
202-225-4576 ~ @DebbieLesko ~ email Rep. Lesko
Representative Kyrsten Sinema (09-D):
202-225-9888 ~ @RepSinema ~ email Rep. Sinema
202-224-3121 (Press “2” for the House of Representatives)
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