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Broun Letter Urges House Leadership to Remove SNAP from FARRM Act

Letter Receives Support from Heritage Action for America and Americans for Prosperity

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Washington, Jun 11, 2013 | comments

U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor urging them to take steps to remove the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other nutrition programs from the upcoming Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act. The letter, signed by 25 Republican members of Congress and supported by Heritage Action and Americans for Prosperity, focused on the fact that over 80 percent of legislation ostensibly meant to authorize federal farm programs is instead devoted to SNAP, pushing the total cost of the bill close to $1 trillion.

“Combining the reauthorization of federal agriculture programs and nutrition programs into one bill has resulted in a battle of competing interests, and it represents a major reason why reauthorization – and much-needed reform – of these programs have been unsuccessful thus far. It is my hope that Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor will work to divide these unrelated programs into two distinct bills so that the House may engage in an open and transparent debate on both issues.”

The FARRM Act is expected to be considered by the House of Representatives next week.

Read full text of the letter to Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor below:

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