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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