Call your Members: Keep Pressure on Farm Bill Conferees

Actions Needed to Protect and Strengthen SNAP

Messaging for Members of the House

  • Protect and strengthen SNAP in the farm bill conference process and keep food on the table for people struggling against hunger by urging leadership to reject any cuts to SNAP and to adopt the Senate Farm Bill SNAP provisions in the conference agreement on the Farm Bill.
  • Thank Representatives who voted “No” on H.R. 2 and urge them to continue to protect and strengthen SNAP. (May 18 vote that failed to pass; June 21 vote that passed.)
  • Urge moderate Republicans who voted “Yes” on H.R. 2 to support the Senate SNAP provisions, which would protect food access for vulnerable people in their districts.

Messaging for Members of the Senate

  • Thank the 68 Senators who voted to table a harmful SNAP amendment during Senate consideration of its Farm Bill.
  • Urge all Senators to continue to protect and strengthen SNAP during conference by urging conferees and leadership to adopt the Senate Farm Bill SNAP provisions and reject the draconian SNAP provisions in the House Farm Bill.

Background
After the House and Senate passed very different versions of the Farm Bill, the 2018 Farm Bill Conference is underway. The conferees held their first public meeting on September 5—watch the webcast recording. Although Farm Bill conferees and Congressional Leadership are important targets, every Member of Congress needs to be urged to protect and strengthen SNAP by rejecting the draconian House SNAP provisions.

The Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill on June 28, 86 to 11, after voting 68 to 30 to table a very harmful SNAP amendment offered by  Senator Kennedy (R-LA) that would have imposed harsh work rules and required food retail employees to check photo identification for SNAP EBT card consumers. The House Farm Bill that squeaked by on June 21 by a vote of 213 to 211 includes draconian cuts to SNAP that would take food off the table of more than 2 million individuals. Unlike the House bill, the Senate bill protects SNAP benefits and eligibility and would keep food on the table for struggling households.

Be sure to check out FRAC’s SNAP/Farm Bill page for the latest updates and FRAC’s Farm Bill Resource Toolkit for resources you can use to enhance your advocacy, including FRAC’s analyses on the House and Senate Farm Bills and interactive maps highlighting the importance of SNAP in your Congressional District, county, and state.

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback from your outreach to Members of Congress, please contact Lauren Badger (lbadger@frac.org) or Ellen Teller (eteller@frac.org).