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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Representing the 1st District of New Mexico


Rep. Lujan Grisham and interns visit Candeleria Farm in Albuquerque, NM (August 2014)

Farming and ranching are integral aspects of New Mexico's economy, history and culture. Although agriculture represents one of our state's largest industries, farmers and ranchers face serious challenges, such as drought, wildfires and lack of services for rural communities. I'm proud to be the first New Mexican member of Congress to serve on the House Agriculture Committee. This role allows me the opportunity to ensure New Mexico's farmers and ranchers have the tools to provide American consumers with a safe and affordable food supply, to represent consumers on food safety and nutrition issues, to advocate for small businesses and affordable housing, and to pursue investments in rural economic development and renewable energy.

Like many New Mexicans, I am disappointed and saddened that New Mexico ranks worst in the nation in child hunger. It is unacceptable that nearly one in three New Mexican children do not have enough to eat. This reality underscores the vital importance of SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps, in combating hunger and providing economic security to New Mexico’s families. With so many in our state struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table, I worked to protect SNAP from disastrous cuts during Farm Bill negotiations. Congress needs to focus on creating jobs to grow the economy instead of taking food out of the mouths of the one in five New Mexicans who depend on these benefits for basic nutrition and economic security.

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