Partisan GOP Farm Bill draft slashes SNAP and meddles with school meals and Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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Ricardo Gomez Angel -

Statement of CSPI Vice President of Programs Anupama Joshi

The House majority continues its partisan assault on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) with the draft legislative language released by Agriculture Committee Chairman G.T. Thompson on Friday.

The bill attacks SNAP benefits, cuts key climate-smart agriculture programs, guts the evidence-based process used to update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and meddles recklessly with school meal nutrition standards. As written, the “Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024” undercuts our nation’s food and nutrition security.

CSPI stands with the overwhelming majority of food, farm, and hunger organizations that are calling on the House Agriculture Committee to abandon its cruel and dead-on-arrival bill in favor of the traditional bipartisan approach that has historically shaped this important legislation. Such a bipartisan bill should increase access to healthy and sustainable food for everyone in the U.S. by prioritizing food and nutrition security, bolstering fruit and vegetable incentive programs, and increasing access to healthy food in the charitable food system. The House bill before us fails that test. 

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