TAKE ACTION: Ask Rep. Gianforte to Vote NO on House Farm Bill (H.R. 2)
The House Farm Bill (H.R. 2) is advancing through the House of Representatives and may soon be voted on by the full House of Representatives. Unfortunately, this bill creates harmful restrictions to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) that will cause millions of participants to lose all or part of their food assistance benefits. Because SNAP helps 121,000 Montanans keep food on the table and provides food assistance to 1 in 5 Montana children, the Montana Food Bank Network opposes the House Farm Bill and asks Congressman Gianforte to oppose the bill as well.
For additional analysis on the bill, visit our previous press releases: https://mfbn.org/news/.
Let your voice be heard! If you would like to join our efforts in urging Representative Gianforte to vote NO on the House Farm bill, give his office a call and/or write an email.
Call Rep. Gianforte at (202) 225-3211
Dear Representative Gianforte,
My name is [first name] [last name], your constituent from [town], Montana. I urge you to oppose the House Farm Bill (H.R. 2) when it comes to the floor for a vote.
SNAP is one of the most powerful and effective poverty-reduction programs in the country. The program helps 121,000 Montanans keep food on the table and reaches 1 in 5 Montana children. Unfortunately, this farm bill would cause more than 2 million low-income people in America, particularly low-income working families with children, to lose all or part of their benefits.
Private charities cannot support the millions of Americans who will lose SNAP benefits because of this House bill. In 2017, nearly 1 in 10 Montanans visited an agency of the Montana Food Bank Network; this bill would only cause that number to climb.
Additionally, Montana would not be able to meet the House Farm Bill’s requirement for states to guarantee work slots for SNAP recipients who cannot find jobs. Unlike other states, Montana has many isolated rural areas, and this bill does not provide enough funding to expand job programs throughout our state. Montana’s budget is strained too much already.
For all these reasons, I urge you to vote NO on H.R. 2. Montanans depend upon you to make the best decisions for our state.