Target: U.S. House of Representatives
Goal: Condemn the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a bill that cuts food stamp funding
The House of Representatives recently passed a bill that will lead to immense funding cuts for food stamp programs in the United States. Republican Representatives have long wanted to end support for food stamps, and with this recent bill have finally found a way to undermine the program.
The recent vote in the House will take food stamp funding out of the farm bill so that the federal funding that goes towards farmers and the agricultural industry will no longer be shared with food stamps. The food stamp program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is unlikely to survive without the funding it has been receiving from the farm bill.
The separation of the farm bill and the SNAP program will cut funding for food assistance while providing immense safety nets for farmers, guaranteeing them a minimum income regardless of production. Many expect that separating SNAP from the farm bill will lead to neglect from Congress, and will eliminate the program. Many conservatives argue that this might be better due to problems within the SNAP program. However, SNAP is the largest federal program and has one of the lowest fraud rates — even lower than the program that provides subsidies to agricultural systems. Additionally, in 2011 SNAP kept 4.7 million families above the poverty line, and the majority of individuals who use SNAP participate in the workforce.
With SNAP losing funding, the needs of individuals in the program will be put instead on soup kitchens and other food charities that do not have the resources or federal support to take on the 4.7 million families who need food assistance.
By signing the petition below you will be condemning the House of Representatives for passing a bill that will be detrimental to so many people needing food assistance in the United States.
Dear House of Representatives,
SNAP is one of the most effective federal assistance programs, boasting a return of almost $2 for each dollar spent, and in 2011 the program kept 4.7 million families out of poverty, helping to boost the economy. Splitting food stamps from the farm bill, and therefore significantly cutting funding to food stamps and likely leaving SNAP to be neglected by Congress, will be devastating for many families and for the United States economy.
I am writing you to express my disappointment for your disregard for so many families in the United States who benefit from SNAP. Severing SNAP from the farm bill will likely lead to the program being neglected and millions of individuals unable to provide for their families, creating even more poverty in our country. Supporting large corporations over United States citizens is abhorrent and will not be tolerated.
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