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Food Policy Action Education Fund Condemns the Passage of the House Farm Bill

Food Policy Action Education Fund Condemns the Passage of the House Farm Bill

By | June 21st, 2018 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases, Press Releases - FPA Education Fund |

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For Immediate Release Media Contact: Monica Mills 202-365-6696 monica@foodpolicyaction.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed its version of the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) by only two votes. “This bill, from its inception through today’s passage, has been a hot mess for everyone except big-ag farm operations,” said Food Policy Action Executive Director…


For Immediate Release Media Contact: Monica Mills 202-365-6696 monica@foodpolicyaction.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives pa...

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Monica Mills
202-365-6696
monica@foodpolicyaction.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed its version of the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) by only two votes. “This bill, from its inception through today’s passage, has been a hot mess for everyone except big-ag farm operations,” said Food Policy Action Executive Director Monica Mills. “The bill that passed today cuts SNAP benefits for hungry families and children, the protections that ensure poisons are kept out of the food on our plates, and funding for local and regional farm programs. House members made these cuts to create additional loopholes for wealthy corporate farmers. This is just plain wrong.”

Mills added, “We are now saddled with a bill that will take food out of the mouths of hungry children and pour billions of taxpayer dollars into the overflowing bank accounts of big-ag farm operations. This is unconscionable. We look now to the Senate for a common-sense farm bill that balances the needs of all Americans.”

Food Policy Action will include this vote in its seventh annual Food Policy Action Scorecard available in October 2018.

Food Policy Action Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization that is a separate sister organization of Food Policy Action. The mission of FPA-EF is to provide a platform for public education and engagement on the impacts of federal policy on the food system.

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Food Policy Action Education Fund Calls on Senate Agriculture Committee to Protect Anti-Hunger Assistance, Bolster Conservation Funding, Support Local Food Programs

Food Policy Action Education Fund Calls on Senate Agriculture Committee to Protect Anti-Hunger Assistance, Bolster Conservation Funding, Support Local Food Programs

By | June 12th, 2018 | Press Releases, Press Releases - FPA Education Fund |

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WASHINGTON – Ahead of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s markup of its version of the farm bill tomorrow, Food Policy Action-Education Fund (FPA-EF) urged members of the panel to protect the vital nutrition program that helps more than 40 million struggling Americans feed themselves and their families. “The farm bill is really a food bill for…


WASHINGTON – Ahead of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s markup of its version of the farm bill tomorrow, Food Policy Action-Education Fund (FPA-EF) ur...

WASHINGTON – Ahead of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s markup of its version of the farm bill tomorrow, Food Policy Action-Education Fund (FPA-EF) urged members of the panel to protect the vital nutrition program that helps more than 40 million struggling Americans feed themselves and their families.

“The farm bill is really a food bill for millions of hardworking Americans who struggle to have enough food to put on the table for themselves and their children,” said FPA-EF Executive Director Monica Mills. “Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee have worked in a bipartisan fashion to provide program integrity and offer common-sense employee training programs, including public-private partnership opportunities. We are watching to make sure the committee continues to protect access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that helps roughly one in four children in the U.S. get enough to eat.”

FPA-EF’s priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill – in addition to protecting the nutrition assistance title from cuts or additional onerous work requirements – includes shielding conservation programs from further cuts in funding, and bolstering local food and farming initiatives.

“Pollution from agricultural runoff is the leading cause of water contamination coming out of the faucets of rural American homes,” Mills said. “We want the Senate to use this opportunity to help farmers become better stewards of the land by strengthening the bill’s conservation programs.”

The House version of the farm bill failed to garner enough votes to pass last month. It sought to remove roughly 2 million Americans from SNAP, cut nearly $1 billion from conservation programs, and zero out funding for local farmers market initiatives and programs to help farmers transition to organic.

“The House farm bill was unconscionable—it would have given more loopholes to Big Ag operations at the expense of hungry children. Now, the Senate has the opportunity to benefit all Americans, not just corporate farm operations,” Mills added. “The interests of hungry people, all of us who demand clean water, and family farmers should be the Senate’s top priorities as it begins to markup the bill.”

Food Policy Action Statement on the House Agriculture Committee’s Release of 2018 Farm Bill Language

Food Policy Action Statement on the House Agriculture Committee’s Release of 2018 Farm Bill Language

By | April 12th, 2018 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases |


Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) released the following statement from its Executive Director, Monica Mills, in response to the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee’s 2018 Farm Bill language: “The draft legislation released today by Mike Conaway, Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee, is disappointing — to say the least. In a…


Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) released the following statement from its Executive Director, Monica Mills, in response to the U.S. House of Representative...

Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) released the following statement from its Executive Director, Monica Mills, in response to the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee’s 2018 Farm Bill language:

“The draft legislation released today by Mike Conaway, Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee, is disappointing — to say the least. In a true show of hyper-partisanship, Chairman Conaway went his own way and did not include the full committee in the development of language. Not one Democrat had seen the bill until now.

“And, what we are seeing isn’t pretty. As written, this bill would drastically restrict nutrition assistance programs, making it harder for millions of families desperately working to escape poverty to put food on the table by imposing strict work requirements. That’s right: more people, and more children, would go hungry. Today, most people who can work are working. Unfortunately, this new work requirement is an unnecessary hurdle for far too many people.

“This proposal falls far short of creating real change that would rebalance our agriculture system. It would keep our food system broken at the expense of our health, the environment, and hard-working food and farm workers. This is not the way to move forward. This bill is a non-starter.”

Food Policy Action may score final passage of the Farm Bill in the 2018 National Food Policy Scorecard.

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