In a surprising vote on June 20, the House voted against the 2013 Farm Bill, which included $20 billion in cuts for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The House then moved to split the sections dealing with nutrition programs from the legislation and held a second vote on July 10. The new measure was approved narrowly and primarily on a party-line vote. The split leaves SNAP and other safety-net measures vulnerable to deep cuts. (Stay tuned for advocacy opportunities once legislation on nutrition programs comes to the floor)
Many legislators have spoken against proposals to cut SNAP, including Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who represents the First Congressional District in New Mexico. Here is Rep. Lujan Grisham's passionate speech on the floor of the House.