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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Representing the 1st District of New Mexico

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Slams Secretive and Partisan Farm Bill that Cuts Nutrition Assistance for New Mexicans

Apr 11, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Slams Secretive and Partisan Farm Bill that Cuts Nutrition Assistance for New Mexicans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement after reports that the Farm Bill would cut millions of dollars from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

“It is outrageous and counterproductive that the Republican-led House Agriculture Committee continues to withhold the text of the Farm Bill from both Members of Congress and the general public.  Drafting massive legislation behind closed doors does nothing to serve the interests of the U.S. Agriculture community.

“Further, it appears Republicans are giving in to the wishes of the House Freedom Caucus and are planning to make massive cuts to SNAP and other nutrition programs that would kick off millions of low-income American families from food assistance.  At a time when food insecurity in our state is increasing dramatically, this would devastate life-saving support for one in five New Mexicans, including working families, veterans, children, and the elderly.

“New Mexico needs a strong, bipartisan Farm Bill that protects SNAP, promotes water conservation in western states, supports farmers and ranchers, creates new investments in broadband infrastructure to facilitate economic growth, and so much more.  We don’t need more partisan legislation drafted in secret, we need action,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said.

Of the 460,000 New Mexicans who received SNAP in 2017, the program helped keep 76,000 of them out of poverty, including 36,000 children. From 2014 to 2016, there were 12,000 New Mexican veterans who relied on SNAP to put food on their tables. According to USDA, 50% of all New Mexican households receiving food assistance have children, 25% have elderly residents, and over 40% are home to a person with disabilities. Moody’s Analytics estimates that every $1 in SNAP benefits generates $1.70 in economic activity.  SNAP produced $650 million in sales at the 1,590 authorized retail participants throughout New Mexico.

Sovereign Hager, managing attorney with the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, said, “In New Mexico, we have a shared commitment in our community to make sure no one goes hungry. SNAP is proven to make children and families more healthy and helps hard working families meet their most basic needs. The proposed cuts would have a particularly devastating impact on our state where over 460,000 people, including 40 percent of our young children, participate in SNAP.  Without a doubt, if passed, the bill would increase poverty and inequality and leave more of our families without enough to eat. Instead, Congress should work together on a bill that promotes food security and helps families make ends meet.”

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