Senate Democrats Continue Fight for Food Assistance Programs

While lawmakers continue negotiations on differences between House and Senate farm bills - including food and nutritional assistance programs - Senate Democrats continue calling for increased food assistance. Virginia Senator John Rockefeller and Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey have said they will increase their efforts to restore cuts to SNAP and the Emergency Food Assistance Program. Casey says food assistance programs play a critical role in the battle against hunger across the nation - and Congress must work on a bipartisan basis to develop policies to ensure all Americans have access to safe, nutritious, affordable foods. Rockefeller says the nation's most vulnerable families must not be forgotten - and they need as much support as possible. He says SNAP is essential to easing the stress of food insecurity - and families currently are struggling to do more with less SNAP assistance. Beyond these points - Rockefeller says every dollar in SNAP benefits generate 1-dollar and 79-cents in economic activity. The House Farm Bill proposes nearly 40-billion in cuts for food assistance.

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