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.