Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) joined his Democratic colleagues, including the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), in protesting the dropping of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from the 2014 Farm Bill.
Forty-three CBC members, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and the members of the Democratic Caucus stood together in opposition to separating nutrition programs and farm subsidies from the Farm Bill in a GOP effort to pass legislation without regard to the impact it will have on feeding millions of children, seniors and families in need across America.
In disregard for regular House order, the 600-page legislation was rushed to the floor late last night without any committee hearings, without extensive debate, without enough time for Members to read and review it.
The bill splits up essential farm and nutrition initiatives into two different measures, while turning a traditional bipartisan issue into a matter of partisan debate.
By pursuing this course, House Republicans are endangering support for farmers, ranchers, food security, rural communities, conservation, and the jobs of 16 million Americans. The Republican farm bill is opposed by farm groups; it includes less deficit reduction than the comprehensive Senate legislation; and it will never become law.
"This is a total waste of time and money, and a great disservice to the nation," said Johnson.