Pelosi Statement on House Republicans’ Farm Bill Proposal

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after House Republicans released text of their Farm Bill proposal to the unanimous opposition of Democrats on the House Committee on Agriculture:

“This partisan proposal seals Republicans’ betrayal of rural communities and working families across the nation. House Republicans are hastily moving to devastate the seniors, veterans, individuals with disabilities and vulnerable communities who rely on SNAP to put food on the table. The GOP’s ‘workforce requirements’ are nothing but a cynical Trojan Horse to take away SNAP from millions of hungry families, and push forward new burdensome bureaucracies that fly in the face of evidence-based policy.

“Instead of connecting Americans to actual good-paying jobs, Republicans’ latest proposal is yet another attempt by the GOP to force already hard-working Americans to foot the bill for their fiscal recklessness. After exploding the deficit with the GOP tax scam’s handouts to corporations and the 1 percent, Republicans are feverishly trying to slash Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and vital lifelines such as SNAP.

“Rural America and hard-working families deserve a balanced Farm Bill that reflects the reality of the struggling farm economy for the 16 million men and women of agriculture and the nearly 41 million Americans who are food insecure. Democrats are committed to giving the American people A Better Deal, with Better Jobs, Better Wages and Better Futures. We will never stop fighting to create jobs, lower the cost of living and give every American the tools to succeed in the 21st Century economy.”

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