Anti-Hunger Champion Calls for Funding Nutrition, Not Big Agribusiness

NEW HAVEN, CT—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement today on the World Trade Organization settlement between the United States and Brazil over cotton subsidies. DeLauro, a member of the subcommittee responsible for funding the United States Department of Agriculture, is a longtime advocate for strong nutrition programs that support the most vulnerable in our country.

“The United States never should have been in a situation where we have to pay off Brazil while vulnerable families suffer. Our farm subsidies need serious reform and the last Farm Bill simply extends the status quo. The best way to resolve this issue is to remove our market-distorting cotton payments. Taking food out of hungry people’s mouths here at home while we subsidize Big Agribusinesses makes no sense.

“Congress used to have a bipartisan commitment to funding nutrition programs. We need to return to those days and ensure no American goes hungry.”