Flawed Farm Bill in Congress Won’t Help Feed Texas Families

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On April 11, 2018, Congressional leaders released a flawed Farm Bill proposal that would make it harder for struggling families to feed themselves.

Among the worst things in the Farm Bill for Texans are the proposed attacks on food assistance for struggling families. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) should be strengthened, not gutted, as it is the first line of defense for the 3.8 million Texans who otherwise are unsure whether they will have their next meal.

All Texans should be able to feed their families in times of need, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a proven way to efficiently deliver food to our friends and neighbors.

With all the agriculture, livestock, and food wealth Texas has, it is appalling that lawmakers would consider plunging so many of our residents deeper into poverty. We know that many of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants in Texas work hard, but often still don’t make wages high enough to feed their families.

Although not every element of this flawed Farm Bill will affect Texas specifically, we urge members of our Congressional delegation to reject this punishing proposal. At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we will monitor the Farm Bill and fight for policies that let Texans reach their full potential.

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A renowned social justice lawyer, former philanthropy executive, and frequent public speaker and writer, Ann Beeson joined the Center in 2013. She was previously the Executive Director of U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations, where she promoted human rights, justice, and accountability nationwide. Beeson was the national Associate Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she worked from 1995-2007. She argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court, litigated numerous cases around the country, and launched groundbreaking programs to stop the erosion of civil liberties in the name of national security and to protect free speech and privacy on the Internet. Beeson has been recognized as one of the nation’s top lawyers by American Lawyer Magazine and the National Law Journal. A proud Texan, Beeson has embraced a wide range of innovative strategies to advance social change. Before joining the Center, she launched a new non-profit to involve the creative sector in social change. In 2012-13, she was a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas, where she co-produced a public media series to inspire more people to get engaged in their communities. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Texas. Beeson obtained her law degree from Emory University School of Law, and served as law clerk to the Honorable Barefoot Sanders, then chief judge of the Northern District of Texas.

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