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

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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