Farm Bill/SNAP-Food Choice
The full Senate began consideration of S.954, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, on May 20. We are asking SFA members to contact your Senators this week to encourage them to vote against Coburn Amendment #1000 to the Farm Bill, which would limit SNAP (food stamp) consumer choice.
As Congress develops a new, comprehensive farm bill, threats have arisen to restrict certain purchases through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also referred to as food stamps. Some of these proposals target certain categories of food, such as snack foods. While supporting efforts to educate consumers about nutrition, SFA opposes any revisions to SNAP that would limit choice for participants at the federal and state levels.
Coburn's SNAP restriction amendment would create a food code more complicated than the tax code and represents a blatant federal intrusion into our personal grocery cart choices. Because his legislation leaves each state to create its own system, meaning 50 different SNAP programs with 50 different lists of 'good' and 'bad' food creating 50 separate and complex food codes. This would demand a massive bureaucratic expansion to create and maintain each one of them.
SFA members: contact your Senators now to encourage them to vote against Coburn Amendment #1000.
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