House Fails to Pass Farm Bill With Major Cuts to SNAP
June 21, 2013
This Thursday, June 20, the controversial Farm Bill that threatened cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) did not pass the House. Sixty-two Republicans joined Democrats and Independents in rejecting the bill, with a final vote count of 234 to 195. The bill would have cut funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps, by $20 billion over 10 years, threatening to cut benefits entirely for nearly two million people. No word yet as to whether the law will be re-written for a second attempt, if the House will attempt to negotiate without a bill, or if there will be a push for an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill. AIDS United continues to advocate for support for SNAP, which is often times a critical benefit for low-income people living with HIV.
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