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Bonamici Stands with Oregon Farm Bureau Against Reckless Farm Bill - Legislation Eliminates SNAP Program from Farm Bill

July 11, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today voted against a revised version of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (H.R. 2642). The legislation, which is opposed by the Oregon Farm Bureau, contains no provisions for nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The agriculture reform and nutrition provisions have been considered together in the same bill for decades.

“This bill was brought to the floor in violation of House rules that require members have 72 hours to review legislation,” said Bonamici. “The text of the 608 page bill was not released until late yesterday evening, and no amendments were allowed. The bill would eliminate nutrition programs that help feed millions of American families.”

House leaders announced the revised version of the legislation late Wednesday evening, after the original bill was defeated in June. Bonamici voted against that legislation after an amendment she co-sponsored to restore $20 billion in SNAP funding failed.

Last week Bonamici hosted a roundtable discussion in Beaverton Oregon to discuss the important of nutrition assistance programs which she has worked to strengthen. The Congresswoman has cosponsored a resolution, H.Res. 90, in opposition to a reduction in the availability or amount of benefits provided under SNAP. She is also a cosponsor of the Food Security Improvement Act, H.R. 2384, which would change the formula used to calculate SNAP benefits in a way that would increase benefits for families and individuals. Bonamici also signed a letter to the House Appropriations committee requesting full funding for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Another letter she signed requested a restoration of WIC funding.