Pelosi: GOP’s ‘wrong-headed approach’ takes food from ‘mouths of children’

Pelosi’s comment came after more than 200 House Democrats wrote a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday demanding that a final farm bill includes adequate funding for food assistance programs. House Republicans were unable to pass a comprehensive farm bill that cut nearly $30 billion in food stamps, but instead passed legislation that removed SNAP entirely from the bill.

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“The Republican record reflects a blatant disregard for the needs of the most vulnerable Americans — from their failure to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill to their decision to remove nutrition assistance from the legislation entirely,” Pelosi said. “As too many children and seniors go to bed hungry each night without knowing where they will get their meals the next day, it is our responsibility to enact a Farm Bill that restores essential nutrition initiatives for nearly 50 million Americans.”

Pelosi said Democrats stand together in a “fight not to increase hunger in America.”

The Democratically controlled Senate passed a bipartisan farm bill earlier this year that reduced spending by $24 billion, with $4 billion in cuts to food stamps. Senators have requested a conference committee to work out the differences between the House and Senate bills. If both chambers don’t pass a conference committee solution, current funding levels without major reforms will likely be extended when the existing farm bill expires at the end of September.

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