Congressman Bill Foster was in town today volunteering at Loaves and Fishes.
He helped customers bag their groceries as he talked with them about how the food assistance helps their families.
Representative Foster is using his time to volunteer at food pantries around the 11th district to highlight the House’s recent action to separate the SNAP program from the Farm Bill, which he thinks will only make it harder for families to get the assistance they need.
Food stamps have been a part of the Farm Bill since the early 1970s. Ever since then the five year renewal of the Farm Bill has been a completely bipartisan effort.
The Senate has already passed its own version of the Farm Bill, which would cut $4 billion for food stamps.
The House’s version, meanwhile, had proposed a $20 billion cut in food stamps, but that idea shut down debate leading the House to pass the Farm Bill without food assistance attached to it.
Currently 47.6 million Americans rely on the SNAP program. 21,000 in the 11th district alone.
The House bill isn’t expected to pass the Senate.
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