Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Farm bill news: Good Nutrition Title moves forward

From America's Second Harvest. Operations and Oversight have approved a good nutrition title (food stamp and food pantry friendly) for the Farm Bill...
What’s Happening in Washington
The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry recently approved the Subcommittee bill that will serve as the Nutrition title vehicle for the full Agriculture Committee consideration of the 2007 farm bill. This bill, as reported to full Committee, includes nutrition program reauthorizations and changes that would increase funding for these programs, if money is found to pay for them.

We are pleased to report that the subcommittee markup vehicle includes more than $5 billion in new spending on federal nutrition programs that, if funded, would strengthen The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and the Food Stamp Program.

It is critical as we move into consideration by the full Agriculture Committee that we communicate the importance of including our priorities in the final committee proposal. The full Agriculture Committee “markup” is currently scheduled for the week of July 16.

Please contact your Member of the House of Representatives today and urge them to support a strong nutrition title in the Farm Bill Reauthorization as the full House Agriculture Committee considers this important proposal.

Be sure to spread the word with colleagues, co-workers, friends, family and others. You can forward this email to other people, or you can visit the “tell a friend” page on the Hunger Action Center.

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