Titus Statement on Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act

Jul 11, 2013
Press Release

July 11, 2013

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada’s First District released the following statement today on the passage of H.R. 2642, Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act. Introduced just last night, H.R. 2642 fails to improve farming programs in serious need of reform and omits nutrition assistance funding for low-income families under the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). Titus voted against this legislation.

“This bill is another example of House Republicans’ misplaced priorities. Instead of addressing food insecurity in our country, this bill completely omits nutrition assistance funding and instead provides millions of dollars in subsidies to the nation’s largest corporate farms. SNAP is a life line for millions of families who suffer from chronic hunger. With one in four children in the United States at risk of going hungry, including 170,000 school children in Southern Nevada, it is not only irresponsible, it is morally unacceptable to exclude SNAP funding from the Farm Bill.  That is why I voted against this legislation, and why I have introduced the Weekends Without Hunger Act. My bill fills a critical need in our community by providing a nutritious meal to students who would not otherwise have access to food on weekends and during school breaks. I will continue to advocate on behalf of our communities to ensure they have the resources they need to root out the causes of hunger and build strategies to eliminate food insecurity.”