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Rep. Fudge Votes No on Republican Farm Bill

WASHINGTON -Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge issued the following statement after she voted NO on the Republican Farm Bill today. The bill’s steep cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), its failure to fully support farming communities, and its willful neglect of conservation led to unanimous rejection of the bill by House Democrats.

“Today’s Farm Bill would have worsened hunger, cutting more than $20 million from SNAP. It would have kicked 265,000 children out of free school breakfast and lunch programs. It would have eliminated benefits for 400,000 households.

“The Farm Bill neglected conservation, especially in the Lake Erie watershed I represent. Farmers, ranchers and environmental advocates work collaboratively to keep our soil and water clean. The Republicans’ Farm Bill would have stripped almost $800 million from federal conservation programs farmers use to help accomplish those goals. In its current form, the Bill was unconscionable.

“By voting no, my colleagues and I are giving Republicans another chance to come back to the negotiating table and join us in crafting a farm bill that actually works for the people it’s supposed to serve.”