Partisan Farm Bill Will Devastate Our Nation’s Most Vulnerable

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement to urge the U.S. House of Representatives to vote “no” on H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (the “farm bill”):

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the most effective anti-hunger program in the country, helping one in eight Americans afford a basic diet. Yet today, the House is considering an ill-conceived farm bill that proposes harsh work requirements and cuts to this program. These changes will devastate vulnerable families who depend on SNAP for adequate nutrition, including people with disabilities, children, women, people of color, and veterans. Among SNAP participants who can work, most do so. The addition of new barriers to food assistance proposed in H.R. 2 will only result in increased hardship and food insecurity. We urge the House to reject the farm bill to protect the millions of individuals and families across the country who depend on SNAP for access to food.”

The Leadership Conference sent a letter to the House urging opposition to H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. That letter can be found here.


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