Press Statement

Bipartisan Agreement on Farm Bill Will Help Millions of Americans Put Food on the Table

December 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, after months of debate and negotiation, the House-Senate Conference Committee reached an agreement on a final version of H.R. 2, the Farm Act (commonly referred to as the farm bill). The final text preserves the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), our nation’s most effective anti-hunger program, that has helped 10 million low-income Latinos put food on the table and lifted millions of Americans out of poverty. 

“We are encouraged that the final version of this bill is one that focuses on investing in the future health and economic security of America’s working families—including millions of Latinos—and that not only protects, but strengthens, the SNAP program,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía. 

Earlier versions of the farm bill had attempted to include additional and harsh work requirements and changes to eligibility, among others. These added requirements would have discouraged many eligible individuals from accessing this vital nutrition assistance program, in turn impacting their ability to provide for their families’ basic needs. 

“We want to thank those Senators who rejected the unnecessary and harsh work requirements which would have impacted millions of working families and their children and call on members of the House to support the current farm bill that presents a lifeline to millions of Americans across the country,” concluded Murguía. 

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact:
Camila Gallardo
cgallardo@unidosus.org
(305) 215-4259