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House Nutrition Legislation is Hinderance to Farm Bill Process

19 September 2013

US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has issued a statement regarding the Republican Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act (H.R. 3102) that is expected to be considered in the US House of Representatives

The bill would cut $40 million 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.”

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