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Providing for Further Consideration of H.R. 1947, Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. DOGGETT. Forty-five years ago, in a now famous film, Edward R. Murrow, for CBS, produced a program called ``Hunger in America.'' It described 100,000 residents of San Antonio--mostly Latino--who were ``hungry all the time'' and the indifference of some local leaders to their plight. This spring, with the inspirational leadership of Rod and Patti Radle, we re-watched that film, discussed the progress, and outlined the remaining challenges.

In one west side ZIP code, we still have 40 percent of the population in poverty and over one-third relying on SNAP. We cannot snap our fingers and snap away that poverty. But if we make these cuts five times larger than what the United States Senate approved, we will snap away food security from many needy families--people like Daniela, who lost her job and relies on SNAP to feed her young daughter.

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Mr. DOGGETT. In San Antonio and Austin, a public-private partnership, across this Nation, involves responsible corporate citizens, like HEB, working together with local entities to see that there's food security. But without SNAP, they cannot do their job.

This bill has very little to do with reform and everything to do with denying a vital lifeline to school children and to poor Americans across this country.

Let us reject it.

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