Congress is back in session after the summer break and negotiations over SNAP and the Farm Bill will heat up quickly.
Tomorrow, Sept. 5, the first meeting of a the farm bill conference committee, consisting of certain House and Senate members. We need to send a strong message that they must protect and strengthen SNAP – not cut it the way the House Farm Bill proposes.
Two versions of the Farm Bill are in play. The House version would lower the income limits at which a family can qualify, effectively cutting assistance to 35,000 NJ residents, while imposing punitive rules that would take food away from people who can’t find a job or participate in a work activity. We
The Senate version protects and strengthens SNAP, while also improving work training programs so that people can find good-paying jobs.
We’ve done a good job convincing New Jersey members of Congress to reject SNAP cuts but they need to hear from us again so they withstand any pressure to change their vote.