Snap Cuts and Farm Management Loopholeby Representative Rosa L. DeLauro
Posted on 2014-01-08
DeLAURO asked and was given permission to address the House for
1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
Ms. DeLAURO. Mr. Speaker, I rise to voice my objection to the
misguided priorities that are taking shape in the conference farm bill.
More and more, and despite payment reforms that were included in both
the House and Senate legislation, it sounds like this farm bill plans
to steal food from the poor to help pay crop subsidies to the rich.
Unbelievably, on the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty, it is being reported that the farm bill currently being negotiated in conference will include cuts of roughly $8.5 billion to food stamps, denying critical food aid to over 800,000 households.
Some of the same conferees who support these cuts are looking to strip out payment limits that are designed to stop the subsidizing of millionaire and billionaire farmers, a loophole they are reopening that was closed already.
They are going to take food from the hungry: children, seniors, veterans, and workers. They are going to go out of their way to ensure that the wealthiest agribusinesses in America are getting handouts.
Allowing poor Americans to starve so that we can subsidize rich corporations is not why we are here. It is cruel, it is corrupt, it is immoral, and we have to do better for the people that we represent.