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House Democrats Stand Up For Hungry Children

Monday, July 9, 2012

Eight members of Congress plan to hold a press conference with anti-hunger groups tomorrow (Tuesday) to protest the $16 billion in cuts to nutrition assistance programs proposed by the leaders of the House Agriculture Committee in their farm bill draft. Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Joe Baca (D-Calif.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) and Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) will take part. The press conference is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. (EST) at the House Triangle outside the Capitol building.

Environmental Working Group has six reasons why the full committee should reject the proposal put forward by Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), but it comes down to this: The leaders’ attempt to meet deficit reduction goals unfairly targets needy American families while keeping lavish subsidies flowing to industrial agriculture.

Also, tomorrow, EWG, Taxpayers for Common Sense, the National Taxpayers Union, Heritage Action, Citizens Against Government Waste, Defenders of Wildlife, Americans for Tax Reform, American Commitment and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance will hold a Capitol Hill briefing on the Lucas-Peterson farm bill proposal to discuss the commodity and crop insurance titles. The briefing will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Room HVC 200 of the Capitol Visitors Center.

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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that “the House and Senate bills eliminate several farm subsidies but plow much of the savings into subsidized crop insurance and new programs to cover small dips in farm income. The programs aid big farms the most and some analysts said the subsidies could end up costing more than the old programs.”

An editorial in the Palm Beach Post says “good nutrition is the key to proper childhood development and cuts – particularly those that might emerge in the House – will undermine other efforts to educate children and keep them healthy.”

Environment & Energy has an analysis (subscription required) of the House Agriculture Committee leaders’ proposal and how it differs from its Senate counterpart.

Politico chronicles how the Senate and House farm bills followed “different paths” to appease regional crop growers. EWG recently called attention to the generous federal benefits that southern cotton, rice and peanut growers have enjoyed in previous farm bills.

KPFA, a progressive talk radio station in California, has a segment focusing on the conservation title in the 2012 farm bill and its important role in improving sustainable agriculture practices.

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