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Sign the petition: protect our family farms

There is no reason that one of the wealthiest countries in the world should have a single person struggling with hunger. And yet, millions of Americans are suffering from the reckless cuts the Trump administration has made to aid programs.

The Republican farm bill includes a 10-year plan that would further cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by over $20 billion. These cuts would be accompanied by expanded work requirements, and stricter eligibility rules, leading to reduced enrollment and more hungry people.

In December, 41 million were enrolled in SNAP, the Congressional Budget office anticipates enrollment would fall to 32 million by 2027.

I've spent decades fighting for programs that help those in need. Our job in Congress is to pass lasting and impactful legislation to combat hunger and protect the environment. America's Farm Bill is a great example to do right by Americans.

This opportunity only comes every five years, when Congress must authorize a new Farm Bill. The Farm Bill sets the course for our nation's agriculture and food-health policy. The Farm Bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation up for consideration this year.

It's time for a Farm Bill that helps our farmers and supports our nutrition programs. It's time for a Farm Bill that works for the rest of us.

Add your name and tell Congress to reform the Farm Bill by investing in family farmers instead of massive, corporate mega-farms and by doing more to support sustainable farming across farms of all sizes.

Jim

Posted on May 16, 2018.

Meet Jim

Jim McGovern represents the 2nd District of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has earned a national reputation as a tireless advocate for his district and as a champion for food security, human rights, campaign finance reform, social justice and peace.

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