Flurry of Farm Bill Movement before August Recess
Friday, August 9, 2013
Posted by: Karen Schneider
leaves Washington, D.C., to work in their home districts, the House of
Representatives proposed a nutrition-only bill that would cut $40 billion from
nutrition programs originally found in the Farm Bill. The Academy's message to
Congress remains the same: Protect critical nutrition programs in a
comprehensive Farm Bill.
leadership has indicated it has a nutrition-only bill that aims to cut $40
billion from nutrition programs like SNAP and SNAP-Ed. This expected cut is 10
times larger than the Senate's bipartisan nutrition title of the Farm Bill that
passed in June.
nutrition bill, although not released before recess, will have to be voted on
the floor of the House in order to go to conference with the Senate. A
Conference Committee is made up of House and Senate members whose task is to
hash out differences between House and Senate bills and is a normal step in
passing a piece of legislation. The Senate took a critical step Thursday by
appointing its conferees to the Conference Committee.
will soon be putting together a list of quick ways you can engage with members
of Congress with the click of a mouse. If you are planning to meet with your
member of Congress during August, please simply let them know you support
funding the nutrition title of the Farm Bill.