Would Force At Least Four Million Americans Off Of Food Stamps

WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement today in opposition to the vote currently happening in the House of Representatives that would allow the Republican so-called Farm Bill to advance.

“In the midst of a potential government shutdown, it is a moral outrage that the House Majority is pushing through a measure that would deny food to over four million Americans by slashing $40 billion from the food stamp program while spending $90 billion on crop insurance subsidies. This includes the 26 anonymous individuals who receive over a million dollars each.

“Almost as disheartening is the thud with which our longstanding bipartisan cooperation on the Farm Bill has ended. For decades, a strong coalition of members from both sides of the aisle supported the Farm Bill and ensured both farmers and vulnerable Americans were made whole. But the House Majority has bowed to their most extreme members and millions of Americans may have to suffer the consequences. Once again, House Republicans are taking America in the wrong direction.”

Just weeks ago a new US Department of Agriculture (USDA) report showed that the number of hungry Americans has stayed stubbornly high. In DeLauro’s congressional district one in seven families do not know where their next meal is coming from, a condition known as food insecurity.

DeLauro is a former Chairwoman, and currently a senior member, of the subcommittee responsible for funding USDA.