PHI Statement on HR2, Proposed Farm Bill
April 16, 2018
STATEMENT BY MATTHEW MARSOM, VICE PRESIDENT for Public POlicy and Programs
“PHI is strongly opposed to draft farm bill legislation, H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, released last week by the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. The bill, if passed, would undermine the health, well-being and food security of millions of Americans.
“The proposed legislation would result in more than $20 billion in benefit cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps, over 10 years. Proposed program changes would cause more than 1 million low-income households, comprised of about 2 million people, to lose their benefits altogether or have them reduced. Many of those targeted to lose benefits are low-income, working families with children.
“The draft legislation also proposes changes to the SNAP nutrition education program which would weaken the integrity of the program and threaten the delivery of services that help low-income families use their SNAP dollars more efficiently and make healthier food choices.
“PHI welcomes proposals included in the draft legislation to incentivize purchasing of healthy food but these do not balance out what is, on the whole, a bad bill that punishes our poorest and most vulnerable Americans.
“We urge Congress to continue to protect SNAP and maintain the integrity of SNAP-Ed, two critical programs that play a vital role in providing access to healthy food and support the health of Americans in need.”