(The information that follows is courtesy of our good friends at the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC))
Funding issues are dominating the debate on Capitol Hill. Here are two opportunities for you to weigh in with your Members of Congress.
FY2012 House Agriculture Appropriations Bill
On Tuesday, May 24, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its FY2012 spending bill. The bill includes cuts to WIC, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
The full House Appropriations Committee will consider the bill next Tuesday, May 31, and a vote on the House floor is expected in June. No timetable has been set for Senate consideration.
Click here for details on the FY2012 House Agriculture Appropriations bill.
Action Needed on FY2012 Ag Appropriations Bill:
Call your Representative on the House Appropriations Committee (click here for list), and ask him/her to speak out against nutrition cuts at full Committee mark-up next week. If your Member is not on the Appropriations Committee, urge them to speak out against the nutrition cuts when the bill moves to the House floor (expected in June).
FY2012 Budget Battles
As the House moves forward on its FY2012 spending bills, Congress has yet to settle on its FY2012 budget resolution. Yesterday, the Senate rejected the House budget bill (Ryan plan), which would block grant and slash program funding for SNAP and other safety net programs. Click here to see how your Senators voted.
Action Needed on FY2012 Budget Bills:
Last call for SNAP block grant letter! The (absolutely) final deadline for the national, state and community-based sign-on letter opposing a block grant/structural changes to SNAP is COB Tuesday, May 31 – when the House returns from its recess – and will be sent to Congress and the White House on June 1. Make sure your organization and allied state/local agencies and partners are on – click here to sign on/view signatures. Please make every effort before next Tuesday to ensure maximum participation from your state!