WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement denouncing the partisan, immoral Farm Bill (H.R. 2642, Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act) before the House of Representatives today. The legislation was unveiled late last night and is being pushed through the House today with just an hour to debate its merits.


“A vote for this bill is a vote to end nutrition programs in America, pure and simple. This bill would throw millions of American families aside.  This splits the entire nutrition title from the farm bill, with no indication that the Majority intends to actually take up those programs in the near future.


“Let us be clear about what is at stake here. Food Stamps are the critical central strand of our social safety net, and our country’s most important effort to deal with hunger. They help over 47 million Americans, nearly half of them children.  The bill before us would mean the death knell of this program, and the other nutrition programs that have been part of the Farm Bill for decades. This bill is not just immoral; it is a serious risk to our society.


“This bill shows, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the Majority just do not believe in these critical anti-hunger and nutrition programs, despite all the demonstrable good they do. A vote for this bill is a vote to end nutrition programs in America. It is a vote to break the longstanding bipartisan compact that the farm bill represented for decades. It is a vote to take food out of the mouths of hungry children, seniors, veterans, and disabled Americans. These are the people the Republican majority has called extraneous. They are not extraneous.


“This bill is immoral, and it is a serious risk to our society. I urge my colleagues to reject it.”