Support the Senate Farm Bill

August 24, 2018

You can fight hunger in Maine by protecting SNAP! The current Farm Bill expires on September 30. Call, email, and visit the offices of your members of Congress today!

  • Senator Susan Collins: (202) 224-2523 | email
  • Senator Angus King: (202) 224-5344 | email
  • Representative Chellie Pingree: (202) 225-6116 | email
  • Representative Bruce Poliquin: (202) 225-6306 | email

The Farm Bill is the largest policy impacting our food system and it provides crucial safety nets helping hungry households get enough to eat. Every five years the Farm Bill expires and is updated in a process which has traditionally been bipartisan and focused on providing adequate support for growing and putting enough food on the table for every American.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—formerly known as food stamps—is part of the Farm Bill. SNAP is the first and most important line of defense against hunger and food insecurity. To make progress in reducing and eliminating hunger in Maine, and the nation, we must protect and strengthen SNAP.

However, on June 21 the U.S. House of Representatives passed a version of the Farm Bill with cuts to SNAP that would increase hunger and hardship. The House Bill, H.R. 2, proposes harsh and ineffective work requirements, unrealistic time limits, and additional bureaucratic barriers. These changes would redirect vital food assistance funding from hungry, hard-working Americans into unproven, bureaucratic programs—causing more than 2 million low-income people to have their SNAP benefits reduced or lost altogether. The House Bill’s harsh cuts and added restrictions would increase hunger by taking food away from low-income Mainers, including children in working families, veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, and low-wage workers.

Fortunately, on June 28 the Senate passed their own version of the Farm Bill protecting SNAP benefits and eligibility and helping to keep food on the table for struggling households. The Senate Bill, S. 3042, displays strong bipartisan collaboration and preserves and builds on strengths of the SNAP program. Significantly, the Senate Bill avoids the harmful changes to SNAP proposed in the House Bill.

Now the House and Senate bills must be reconciled in the Farm Bill Conference. This is the opportunity to act! We must urge our senators and representatives to protect and strengthen SNAP, by supporting the positive provisions in the Senate Farm Bill and opposing the harmful cuts to SNAP in the House Bill. We need our senators and representatives to come together and pass a Farm Bill recognizing that every person and family deserves to have enough food to eat.

Senator Susan Collins: (202) 224-2523 (Washington D.C. office) | email
Thank Senator Susan Collins for her hard work and support for a bipartisan Senate Farm Bill protecting SNAP and strengthening some of its provisions. Tell Senator Collins now we need her to advocate for SNAP during conference. Ask Senator Collins: “Stand with and be a leader for hungry Mainers. Take a public stand to protect and strengthen SNAP, and urge Senate leadership and colleagues on the Conference Committee to reject the harmful changes in the House Bill that would take food away from hungry Mainers.”

Senator Angus King: (202) 224-5344 (Washington D.C. office) | email
Thank Senator Angus King for supporting a bipartisan Farm Bill that preserves SNAP and strengthens some of its provisions. Ask Senator King: “Continue to protect and strengthen SNAP by urging Senate leadership and colleagues on the Conference Committee to oppose any final Farm Bill that cuts SNAP funding or makes harmful changes to the program.”

Representative Chellie Pingree: (202) 225-6116 (Washington D.C. office) | email
Thank Representative Chellie Pingree for voting “No” on H.R. 2. Ask Representative Pingree: “Continue to reject any harmful cuts to SNAP from the House Bill. Be a leader for hungry Mainers and encourage colleagues on the Conference Committee to protect and strengthen SNAP.”

Representative Bruce Poliquin: (202) 225-6306 (Washington D.C. office) | email
Urge Representative Bruce Poliquin: “Support a Farm Bill including the positive provisions from the Senate Bill that will strengthen SNAP by modernizing systems, increasing program integrity, and using innovative pilots to strengthen SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) programs. Stand with the children, families, veterans, seniors, and communities in Maine’s 2nd district, where SNAP is crucial for low-income households and local economies.”