Washington, DC, May 18, 2018 – Today the House voted to reject a farm bill that would have taken away food assistance from people struggling to find work.
Statement from Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund:
“Hunger does not help anyone find or keep a job. This farm bill – which would have taken away food assistance from one million households, including those with school age kids – was an unacceptable piece of policy that should never have been seriously considered. Now that it failed, I urge the House and Senate to craft a truly bipartisan bill that will strengthen and expand SNAP, which helps over 40 million people in the United States buy groceries and put food on the table.
I also want to acknowledge the incredible work of our advocates and partners all over the country. While we should celebrate the defeat of this bill today, we should not let our guard down. House leadership has already signaled it may try to bring back this farm bill for another vote, and as long as that’s a possibility, we must keep up the pressure and stay vigilant. I urge both the House and the Senate to create a comprehensive, bipartisan farm bill that doesn’t punish families and kids. Instead it should strengthen core assistance and support families as they strive to move out of poverty. Our communities deserve that.”
About RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund:
RESULTS supports a movement of passionate, committed everyday people using their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty. Volunteers and staff multiply their impact through the enormous power of advocacy.
Our movement of volunteers is backed by a staff of researchers, policy analysts, and legislative and media experts. Our shared goal is the end of poverty. We have affiliates and partners across five continents, and a network of volunteers in all 50 states and worldwide. We’re a non-partisan advocacy group comprised of RESULTS Educational Fund, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and RESULTS, a nonprofit 501(c)4 grassroots lobbying organization.