Congresswoman Beatty (OH-03) released the following statement on the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 1947.
U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-3) voted in opposition to the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 1947, (FARMM Act). Beatty was joined by Democrats and Republicans opposing the bill based on her refusal to accept the devastating cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The bill failed on the House floor today by a margin of 195-234.
SNAP is a powerful anti-poverty and anti-hunger program that serves as the first line of defense against hunger. In 2011 alone, it helped to lift 4.7 million Americans above the poverty line, including 2.1 million children. In Ohio, it helps 16% of the State's population, where over 680,000 children are food insecure. In Franklin County, there are an estimated 59,450 children who live daily with the threat of hunger. The number of low-income working households utilizing SNAP benefits has risen dramatically over the past decade making the program critical to ensuring the well-being of our most at-risk populations. Approximately 46 million Americans receive SNAP benefits. As such, these cuts would have had wide-reaching negative effects for millions of Americans.
"The $20.5 billion in cuts to SNAP would have been detrimental to our most vulnerable populations. Without adequate SNAP funding nearly 4 million struggling families with children, seniors and people with disabilities would unnecessarily face hunger and increased hardships."
"That is why today, I was a cosponsor of the McGovern SNAP amendment which would have restored funding to the program. The failure of this bill to pass the full House indicates that Democrats and Republicans agreed that this bill needed more work. I hope that it will send a strong message to House leadership that the farm bill should balance the interests of all Americans, including those in need of direct food assistance. I was determined not to turn my back on the most vulnerable citizens in my district, in Ohio, and in the nation. I will continue to stand with them as we work toward a full economic recovery. "