Press Release: Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill Will Protect Food Assistance for Millions of Working Families, Rural Americans, Seniors, Children, Veterans and People with Disabilities

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill Will Protect Food Assistance for Millions of Working Families, Rural Americans, Seniors, Children, Veterans and People with Disabilities

Congress Should Reject House Republicans’ Attempts to Cut Food Benefits and Threaten the Health of Millions of Americans by Cutting Food Assistance

Washington, DC – In response to the release of the Senate’s draft 2018 Farm Bill, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a crucial part of the American commitment to make sure no one goes hungry. But Republicans in the House turned the Farm Bill into a partisan attack on an essential program that helps keep nearly 8 million people out of poverty and fosters a strong economy. It’s encouraging to see that compassion and bipartisanship seem to be prevailing in the Senate – but the fight for food assistance for working families is far from over. Congress must continue to protect food assistance and resist partisan attacks on the program that protects millions of families from going hungry across the country.

“Rather than taking food away from people, we should be raising the minimum wage so low-wage workers don’t have to depend on SNAP. Congress should repeal the Republican tax giveaway, which puts the nation deeper in debt to give tax breaks to people and corporations who don’t need them, and instead invest in health care, education and jobs with good benefits.”

 

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Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-and-a-half year campaign from 2008-2013 to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and protect Medicare and Medicaid. HCAN has come back together to fight the Republicans’ all-out effort to take away America’s health care and put people at the mercy of the health insurance companies again.