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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Representing the 3rd District of Connecticut

DeLauro Statement on Passage of the Republican Farm Bill

June 21, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCCongresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the Republicans’ partisan farm bill passed the House of Representatives.

“Today’s farm bill vote was not the result of sound policy winning the day, but a backroom deal between the Republican majority’s factions. The hypocrisy of this farm bill from President Trump and Congressional Republicans means more subsidies for the rich and greater hunger for the poor. Last year, SNAP prevented more than 42 million people from going hungry, including 4.8 million seniors and 1.5 million low-income military veterans.”

“This bill will kick 2 million people off nutrition assistance and cut SNAP benefits by more than $23 billion. Meanwhile, Republicans continued the massive giveaways to wealthy agribusinesses through farm programs and subsidies for crop insurance—one of the few federal programs without any eligibility caps or payment limits. Just like the Republican tax scam, the Republican farm bill is rigged for the rich. Farm subsidies are so skewed toward the rich that the top 10% of farms—about 76,000 farms—received over 60% of all farm subsidies.”

“Meanwhile, SNAP recipients have income limits, asset limits, and work requirements. Millionaires and billionaires who pocket farm subsidies do not. Where are their work requirements? In the United States—a land of food abundance—no one should be hungry. We need to eradicate hunger, not anti-hunger programs.”