- Created on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:02
- Written by IVN
Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on and passed H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act:
“I have fought tirelessly to ensure that the Farm Bill includes funding for programs that are of particular benefit to my district and California as a whole. I was pleased that crucial provisions supporting California’s specialty crops, expanding agricultural exports, funding food banks and Community Food Projects, and protecting rural housing were included in the final bill.
“However, I could not in good conscious support a bill that attempts to balance the nation’s budget on the backs of our seniors, children, and veterans. The Farm Bill cuts more than $8 billion from SNAP, forcing those who are already struggling in this economy to face further hardship. It is imperative to remember that more than a quarter of SNAP beneficiaries live in households with seniors or people with disabilities. In California alone, 84% of SNAP recipients are families with children, and 82,000 are veterans.
“The Farm Bill is being touted as reducing the deficit, yet it would still successfully save $15 billion without making any cuts to SNAP. Congress must find a better way of putting our fiscal house in order than taking food out of the mouths of our children, veterans, and seniors.”