Good news! The Senate Farm Bill—which protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and strengthens other critical nutrition programs—passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in a vote of 86-11. Read more here.
What happens now? The House bill and the Senate bill will need to be reconciled in conference, which could prove difficult given their drastic differences on SNAP, farm subsidies, and conservation. The compromise bill must then pass each chamber again before heading to the president’s desk.
More to Come…
Join National SNAP Call-in Day TODAY, Tuesday, June 26
Take these steps to protect SNAP in the Senate Farm Bill:
- Today – Tuesday, June 26, call 1-888-398-8702 and enter your zip code to be connected to your Senators. (Toll-free number courtesy of Feeding America.)
- Urge your Senators to vote to protect and strengthen SNAP, to vote “Yes” on the Senate Agriculture Committee version of the Farm Bill (S. 3042), and to vote “No” on any and all harmful amendments that would cut or weaken SNAP.
- Click to Tweet: Senate Ag Cmte #FarmBill protects SNAP & keeps food on the table for children, working families, seniors, veterans, ppl with disabilities, among others. We join @fractweets in urging @SenateFloor to vote NO on any amendments that would weaken #SNAP http://bit.ly/2HxmB0O
S. 3042 (pdf) passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on June 13. It is expected to be taken up by the Senate this week, with a vote likely on Thursday, June 28. Unlike the House Farm Bill (H.R. 2), the Senate bill protects SNAP benefit levels and eligibility, and keeps food on the table for struggling low-income people.
Thanks to our friends at Feeding America, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
For further information, contact WHEAT at 602/955.5076 or wheat@HungerHurts.org