|House Nutrition Legislation is Hindrance to Farm Bill Process|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Melisa Augusto, 202-314-3191
WASHINGTON (Sept. 16, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement regarding the Republican Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act (H.R. 3102) that is expected to be considered in the U.S. House of Representatives this week. The bill would cut $40 billion in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funding:
“Separating nutrition programs from the farm bill was a mistake from the very beginning. Consideration of H.R. 3102, a politically charged bill that would hurt those in our society who most need help, unnecessarily complicates the farm bill process. In order to achieve reform and create certainty for family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and hungry Americans, the House needs to appoint its conferees to the farm bill conference committee so that a five-year, comprehensive farm bill that includes nutrition and farm programs can be enacted.
“We urge members of the House to vote down this bill and to work together to end the detrimental separation of nutrition programming from farm programs. Passage of H.R. 3102 will only make the already complex farm bill process more difficult.”
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.