Oregon Food bank action alert against Snap (food stamp) cuts.

July 17, 2012 at 5:40 am Leave a comment

Please ask your U.S. representative to oppose a proposed $16 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps more than 800,000 Oregonians and more than 1.1 million Washingtonians have enough to eat. This is our fourth message asking our supporters to help us protect SNAP during the farm bill debate and you may be wondering why we are so focused on this issue. Here is a quick review of our actions alerts during the farm bill debate so far:
1. The House Agriculture Committee asked for public comments on the farm bill through their website. We sent you a link to their website and asked you to post comments.

2. We were disappointed that the Senate version of the farm bill had $4.5 billion in cuts to SNAP in it when it was passed out of committee. Senator Gillibrand introduced an amendment to eliminate the cuts to SNAP, so we asked you to email your Senators about becoming co-sponsors of the Gillibrand amendment.
3. Senators Merkley, Murray and Wyden all co-sponsored the Gillibrand amendment. All four Oregon and Washington senators voted in favor of it. Unfortunately, this amendment did not pass (33-66) and the Senate passed a version of the farm bill with $4.5 billion in cuts to SNAP still in it.
4. Now that the Senate has passed a farm bill with $4.5 billion in cuts to SNAP in it, we need you to turn your attention to the House Agriculture Committee. This committee will start discussing the House version of the farm bill tomorrow. Reports indicate the House Agriculture Committee is considering a much deeper, $16 billion cut to SNAP.
Please send your House representative a message asking him or her to oppose cuts to SNAP, because it is the most important anti-hunger program in our country.
Click below to take action now:
Many thanks for your support,
Sarah Flynn
Public Policy Outreach Coordinator
Oregon Food Bank

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