House GOP Narrowly Passes Partisan Farm Bill More than 375 Groups – Representing Millions of Americans – Oppose

June 21, 2018
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As House Republicans narrowly rammed through a deeply partisan and radical Farm Bill moments ago, a quick reminder about the widespread opposition to H.R. 2 from rural, consumer, conservation, health, education, labor and other organizations representing millions of Americans.

National Farmers Union

The House Farm Bill (H.R. 2), as currently written, lacks the improvements needed to help farmers cope with continued low prices...The bill fails to provide farmers with the tools they need to be the best possible stewards of our natural resources, and it reverses progress toward expanding access to local, regional, and specialty markets. Furthermore, it makes unnecessary cuts to programs that feed hungry Americans. National Farmers Union’s Board of Directors, on behalf of nearly 200,000 family farmers, ranchers, and rural members, opposes H.R. 2 in its current form. [April 24, 2018]

AARP

AARP opposes H.R. 2 in its current form because it adds new barriers in the SNAP program, including expanding work requirements for 50-to-59 year-olds, that will result in greater food insecurity and older Americans losing the nutritional assistance they need and depend on. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that under H.R. 2 there will be 1.2 million  fewer people in an average month receiving SNAP benefits in 2028, of which about 27 percent “would be between the ages of 50 and 59 and without dependents.” [May 16, 2018

SEIU

Proposed changes in this partisan legislation would dramatically reduce nutrition assistance for Americans that need it most, and would additionally undermine the livelihood of textile workers at American garment manufacture companies across the country. Instead of using this opportunity to support good jobs and help vulnerable Americans put food on the table and get back on their feet, this bill jeopardizes historically bipartisan legislation in order to slash resources from communities that need it most. Coming on the heels of massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, this bill would make it harder for ordinary Americans to meet their basic needs – further exacerbating the growing divide between the haves and have-nots in our country. [Letter, May 8, 2018]

68 Child and Family Advocacy Organizations

In the interests of our nation’s babies, children and youth we strongly urge you to vote NO on H.R. 2… Because children experience both poverty and food insecurity at higher rates than the general population, federal nutrition programs such as SNAP and school meals are critical supports that help them develop, learn, and succeed. To that end, we are very concerned about the impact H.R. 2 would have on our nation’s children. In fact, several provisions in the Nutrition Title of H.R. 2 directly threaten access to vital nutrition programs for the countless children and youth we represent… The Farm Bill represents an important opportunity for policy solutions that will strengthen and improve nutrition programs for our nation’s children. Instead, H.R. 2 is slated to reduce spending on SNAP benefits by more than $20 billion over 10 years and will disproportionately hurt children through its harmful provisions. We urge you to protect our nation’s children and vote NO on H.R. 2. [Letter, May 9, 2018]

American Federation of Teachers

H.R. 2 undermines the foundation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as a safety net for individuals and families in a time of economic hardship… AFT members see the benefits of SNAP every day. Whether it’s a student in a classroom, in the cafeteria line, or visiting the school nurse, we know SNAP plays a critical role in addressing hunger, food insecurity and poverty… H.R. 2 does not put workers or families first: in fact, it is jeopardizing their ability to survive. [Letter, May 9, 2018]

35 Organizations Representing Older Americans

For decades, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has helped ensure that vulnerable, low-income people in our nation can put food on the table. We urge Congress to continue the longstanding bipartisan commitment to protect and strengthen SNAP, specifically by opposing proposals to restrict eligibility, reduce benefits, cap or reduce funding, or make harmful structural changes in the upcoming Farm Bill… Despite the Committee’s obvious attempt to protect, to an extent, Americans over 60, we must not forget that healthy aging begins well before one reaches the age of 60.  [Letter, April 17, 2018]

54 Faith, Student, Teachers and Educational Advocacy Organizations

We represent the interests of the classified school employees, school food service workers, paraprofessionals, teachers, principals and school leaders in elementary and secondary schools who provide nutritious meals to students in and out of school; we also advocate for undergraduate and graduate students struggling with food insecurity. In our lives and in our work, we see the benefits of the existing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which acts as a lifeline to support 40 million low-income Americans, who without such assistance would suffer from hunger. H.R. 2 would change the nature of SNAP by loading on impractical work requirements for many who currently access food assistance...H.R. 2 means more children will go hungry at home as well as at school. H.R. 2 means undergraduate and graduate students will continue to struggle with food insecurity and poverty. [Letter, May 10, 2018]

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

We call on you to reject proposals that would weaken SNAP’s effectiveness as our nation’s foremost anti-hunger program by limiting access, reducing benefits, or creating administrative hurdles. We urge all Members to vote no on the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018… and instead to work on a bipartisan basis to strengthen and protect SNAP as part of the Farm Bill. [Letter, May 7, 2018]

American Public Health Association

As it stands, millions in our country already don’t have enough access to food, or to the healthy food that can help a community thrive… Congress must pass a Farm Bill that strengthens SNAP, encourages healthy eating by maintaining programs like the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, strengthens nutrition education programs and improves the economy by supporting local farmers and local retailers who expand access to healthy food in our communities. [April 18, 2018]

Groups Opposed Include:

  • 1,000 Days
  • 9to5, National Association of Working Women
  • AASE: The School Superintendents Association
  • AARP
  • A Better Balance
  • ACCSES
  • AC Strategic Solutions
  • AFSCME
  • African American Health Alliance
  • Afterschool Alliance
  • AIDS Alabama
  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • Alameda County Community Food Banks
  • Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Allies for Independence
  • All of Us or None
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Association for People with Disabilities
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Association on Health and Disability
  • American Diabetes Foundation
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American Foundation for the Blind
  • American Network of Community Options and Resources
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Society on Aging
  • American Therapeutic Recreation Association
  • Amida Care
  • A New Way of Life Reentry Project
  • The Arc of the United States
  • Arizona Council of Human Service Providers
  • ASBO International
  • Asset Building Strategies
  • Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
  • Association for Gerontology and Human Development in Historical Black Colleges and Universities
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities
  • Athlete Ally
  • Autism Society
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network
  • Bailey House, Inc.
  • Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • BeHealthyTulare
  • Bisexual Resource Center
  • B’nai B’rith International
  • Brain Injury Association of America
  • Bread for the World
  • California Association of Food Banks
  • California Asset Building Coalition
  • California Department of Food & Agriculture
  • California Food Policy Advocates
  • California Health & Human Services Agency
  • California Hunger Action Coalition
  • California Institute for Rural Studies
  • California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
  • California LGBT Health and Human Services Network
  • California Lutheran Office of Public Policy
  • California Partnership
  • California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
  • California Work Family Coalition
  • Campaign for Youth Justice
  • Casa de Esperanza
  • Cascade AIDS Project
  • Cathedral Community Development Corporation
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Catholic Rural Life
  • Center for Community Change Action
  • Center for Law and Social Policy
  • Center for Medicare Advocacy
  • Center for Popular Democracy Action
  • Center for Public Representation
  • CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
  • Child Care Aware of America
  • Child Labor Coalition
  • Child Welfare League of America
  • Children’s Advocacy Institute
  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • Children’s Leadership Council
  • Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
  • City Harvest
  • Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues
  • Clinica Sierra Vista
  • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights
  • Coalition of California Welfare Rights Organizations
  • Coalition on Human Needs
  • Community Action Partnership of Orange County
  • Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County
  • Community Action Partnership of Kern
  • Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
  • Community Resource Exchange
  • Congress of California Seniors
  • Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces
  • Council of Administrators of Special Education
  • County Welfare Directors Association of California
  • Courage Campaign
  • Covenant House International
  • Criminalization of Poverty Project at the Institute for Policy Studies
  • Daily Kos
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families
  • Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
  • Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children
  • Dominican Sisters
  • Easterseals
  • Eating Disorders Coalition
  • Education Equals Making Community Connections
  • Equal Rights Advocates
  • Emergency Food Bank of Stockton and San Joaquin Counties
  • Empower Missouri
  • Environmental Working Group
  • Epilepsy Foundation
  • Equality Alabama
  • Equality California
  • Equality North Carolina
  • Every Child Matters
  • Fair Food Network
  • Families USA
  • Family Equality Council
  • Family Focused Treatment Association
  • Family Promise of Washington County
  • Farmworker Association of Florida
  • Feeding America
  • Feeding San Diego
  • Feminist Majority
  • FIND Food Bank
  • First Five Years Fund
  • First Focus Campaign for Children
  • Follow Your Hear Farm
  • Food Bank for Monterey County
  • Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano
  • Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
  • Food for All
  • Food for People, the Food Bank for Humboldt County
  • Food Research & Action Center
  • Food Share, Inc.
  • FORGE, Inc.
  • Forum for Youth Investment
  • Fremont Family Resource Center
  • Friends Committee on Legislation of CA
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Generations United
  • Global Justice Institute
  • GMHC
  • Harlem United
  • Healthy Teen Network
  • Higher Ed, Not Debt
  • Hispanic Federation
  • HIV Medicine Association
  • Housing on Merit
  • Humboldt Food Policy Council
  • Humboldt State University and Oh SNAP! Student Food Programs
  • Hunger Action Los Angeles
  • Hunger Free America
  • Hunger Free Vermont
  • Imperial Valley Food Bank
  • Indiana Institute for Working Families
  • Indivisible Auburn
  • Indivisible Central Contra Costa County
  • Indivisible CA-29
  • Indivisible CA-33
  • Indivisible CA-39
  • Indivisible CA-43, Los Angeles
  • Indivisible Cloverdale
  • Indivisible East Bay
  • Indivisible Marin
  • Indivisible Ojai Valley
  • Indivisible San Francisco
  • Indivisible Tracy
  • Indivisible Ventura
  • Insight Center for Community Economic Development
  • Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy
  • Institute for Educational Leadership
  • Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank
  • Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health
  • Japanese American Citizens League
  • Jewish Family Service of Colorado
  • Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles
  • Jewish Family Service of San Diego
  • The Jewish Federations of North America
  • Jumpstart
  • Justice in Aging
  • Lakeshore Foundation
  • Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
  • Latino Commission on AIDS
  • Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • LeadingAge
  • Legal Aid Society of San Mateo
  • Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
  • LIFT
  • Livermore Indivisible
  • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • Los Angeles LGBT Center
  • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
  • Locally Delicious, Inc.
  • Lutheran Services in America
  • Marian University
  • Maryland National Organization for Women
  • MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
  • Mazzoni Center
  • Meals on Wheels America
  • Medicare Rights Center
  • Mendocino Food and Nutrition Program, Inc.
  • Merced County Food Bank
  • Mercy Brown Bag Program
  • Methodist Children’s Home Society
  • Middle Way House
  • MomsRising
  • Moveable Feast, Inc.
  • Movement Advancement Project
  • MultiFaith Action Coalition, Contra Costa, CA
  • NAACP
  • NACOG
  • Nashville CARES
  • National Adult Day Services Association
  • National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
  • National Alliance of Children’s Trust & Prevention Funds
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
  • National Association for Bilingual Education
  • National Association for Family Child Care
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
  • National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National Association of State Directors of Special Education
  • National Association of State Head Injury Administrators
  • National Black Justice Coalition
  • National Center on Adoption and Permanency
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • National Center for Transgender Equality
  • National Coalition for the Homeless
  • National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
  • National Consumers League
  • National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
  • National Council on Aging
  • National Council on Jewish Women
  • National CSFP Association
  • National Diaper Bank Network
  • National Disability Institute
  • National Disability Rights Network
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • National Down Syndrome Congress
  • National Education Association
  • National Equality Action Team
  • National Farmers Union
  • National Health Law Program
  • National Human Services Assembly
  • National Indian Child Welfare Association
  • National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
  • National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association
  • National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund
  • National Low Income Housing Coalition
  • National Migrant Seasonal Head Start Association
  • National Network for Youth
  • National Organization for Women
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
  • National Partnership for Women & Families
  • National PTA
  • National Recreation and Park Association
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  • National Urban League
  • National WIC Association
  • National Women’s Law Center
  • National Working Positive Coalition
  • National Young Farmers Coalition
  • Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies
  • NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
  • NMAC
  • Northern Arizona Council of Governments
  • Oakland Food Policy Council
  • OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates
  • Oral Health America
  • Orange County Food Bank
  • Orange County Food Access Coalition
  • Organizing for Action California
  • Orinda Progressive Action Alliance
  • Outfront Minnesota
  • Pacifica Advocates
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Partnership for America’s Children
  • Pathways LA
  • Peace and Justice Team of Congregation of Saint Joseph
  • Pennsylvania Council of Churches
  • People for the American WAy
  • Placer Food Bank
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • PolicyLink
  • Poligon Education Fund
  • Positive Women’s Network - USA
  • Pride Action Tank
  • Prosperity Now
  • Public Advocacy for Kids
  • Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition
  • Redwood Empire Food Bank
  • Resistance Elk Grove
  • RESULTS
  • Root & Rebound
  • Rubicon Programs
  • Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
  • Sacramento Hunger Coalition
  • San Diego Hunger Coalition
  • San Diego Hunger Advocacy Network
  • San Diego Food System Alliance
  • San Francisco Marin County Food Bank
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
  • SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
  • SchoolHouse Connection
  • School Social Work Association of America
  • Sebastopol Farmers Market
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
  • SEIU
  • Sexual Information and Education Council of the United States
  • Share Our Strength
  • Sierra Harvest
  • Sisters of Mercy
  • Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
  • Sisters of St. Joseph, Third Order of St. Francis
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross
  • Siuslaw Area Partnership to Prevent Substance Abuse
  • SLO Food Bank Coalition
  • Social Advocates for Youth San Diego
  • Social Security Works
  • Society of St. Andrew
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul USA
  • SOMA Action LGBTQ Committee
  • SourceAmerica
  • Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
  • SparkAction
  • StandUp for Kids
  • St. Anthony Foundation - San Francisco
  • St. Giles Family Mass community
  • St. Mary’s Center
  • Student Debt Crisis
  • Swipe Out Hunger
  • TASH
  • Transgender Law Center
  • Treatment Action Group
  • TruEvolution, Inc.
  • TURN: The Utility Reform Network
  • Twin Cities Quorum
  • UnidosUS
  • Union for Reform Judaism
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
  • United Domestic Workers of America
  • United Food and Commercial Workers International
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • United Spinal Association
  • United Ways of California
  • Universal Income Project
  • URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity
  • UUFHC
  • Volunteers of America
  • Washington-Virginia District, CME Church
  • Wesley Theological Seminary
  • Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Western Regional Advocacy Project
  • W. Haywood Burns Institute
  • Whitman-Walker Health
  • Wholesome Wave
  • WhyHunger
  • Witness to Mass Incarceration
  • Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement
  • Yolo Food Bank
  • Youth Villages
  • YWCA USA