This action alert comes from the Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network
The House is debating the Farm Bill TODAY and are voting for or against amendments right now. Watch them live.
Last night the House Rules Committee severely restricted which amendments can be heard. Many of our amendments were not allowed and there are some really bad amendments that were allowed (ie eliminates Farmers Market Funding).
Please call your Representative NOW and ask them to:
1. Protect Funding for Farmers Markets:
OPPOSE #92 McClintock Amendment # 92 – which completely eliminates funding for Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants
SUPPORT #20 Kaptur Amendment #20 which ensures continued support for the Senior Farm Market Nutrition Program
2. Support a Fair Farm Bill:
SUPPORT Fortenberry Payment Limit Reform Amendment #93 which closes loopholes and caps commodity payments at $250,000 per year for any one farm. This amendment would be consistent with Senate’s version.
OPPOSE Schweikert Amendment #198 which eliminates all funding for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative – a public-private partnership using public dollars to attract private investment in underserved communities.
3. Protect the Environment:
SUPPORT Blumenauer Amendment #73 which strengthens the Conservation Reserve Program to help farmers protect wildlife hapbitat buffers, and wetland bufferes.
4. Prevent Cuts to Food Assistance:
SUPPORT McGovern Amendment #146 which restores $21B Cuts to SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka Food Stamps).
PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY!
District 1 Rep Suzan DelBene 202 225 6311
District 2 Rep Rick Larsen 202 225 2605
District 3 Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler 202 225 3536
District 4 Rep Doc Hastings 202-225-5816
District 5 Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers 202 225 2006
District 6 Rep Derek Kilmer 202 225 5916
District 7 Rep Jim McDermott 202 225 3106 (North Seattle)
District 8 Rep David Reichert 202 225 7761
District 9 Rep Adam Smith 202 225 8901 (South Seattle)
District 10 Rep Denny Heck 202 225 9740
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