Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) today voted against H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act, due to the steep cuts it required in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Program, commonly known as food stamps. The FARRM Act authorized a $20.5 billion reduction to SNAP over 10 years which would have stopped food aid for nearly 2 million people (mostly working families with children and seniors) and denied 210,000 children access to free school lunch and breakfast. The bill failed by a vote of 234 -- 195.
"It is unconscionable that as a nation, we seek to balance the federal budget on the backs of hungry people, many of whom are children, seniors or workers struggling to provide for their families. In Ohio, the latest figures show more than 1.8 million people rely on SNAP which provides an average benefit of $1.50 per meal. This already meager amount includes a temporary increase in benefits established by the 2009 Recovery Act which will expire at the end of October of this year," said Congresswoman Fudge. "While a comprehensive farm bill is critically important to provide certainty for U.S. farmers, ranchers, consumers and other nutrition program providers, I could not support a bill that irresponsibly hurts so many vulnerable Americans."
The FARRM Act would have extended federal farm, nutrition assistance, rural development and agricultural trade programs for the next five years, through FY 2018.