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Foster Votes Against Drastic, Harmful Cuts To Food Assistance Program

Jun 20, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster released the following statement on his vote against H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act:

“Congress needs to pass a farm bill that will provide certainty to Illinois farmers and reform outdated programs.  Unfortunately, House Republican Leadership chose to include in this legislation unconscionable cuts to food assistance programs, which millions of families rely on.

“The House Republican farm bill makes deep cuts to the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP), a program designed to increase the food purchasing power of low-income households. Under this bill, more than 200,000 children would lose access to free school meals and nearly two million working families and senior citizens would lose access to food assistance. 

“As the economy continues to recover from the worst recession this country has seen since the Great Depression, now is hardly the time to take away this important safety net.

“It is my hope that these drastic, harmful cuts will be eliminated so that we can pass a farm bill that provides certainty for farmers and food assistance for hardworking families, children and senior citizens.”  

Earlier today, Foster spoke in opposition to the SNAP cuts on the House floor.  Video of his remarks is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1PHjF6C6gM.    

This legislation would cut $21 billion over 10 years from the SNAP program, which ensures that children, seniors and families struggling to make ends meet don’t have to go without food. The Center of Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that these cuts would leave two million Americans without essential food assistance and cut 200,000 children from the school lunch program.

The final bill failed by a vote of 195-234.