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11/2/17 Tax Plan Announcement

Read our statement on the House GOP Tax Plan here.

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Read our statement on the FY 18 House Budget here.

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10/6/17 Budget Update

The 2018 budget resolution that both chambers passed on October 5 strips billions of dollars from a program that helps working families put food on the table to accommodate massive tax cuts for corporations and the very wealthy. Alongside drastic cuts to programs that expand economic opportunity for ordinary Americans, the budget includes major reductions in funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

See below for immediate next steps in responding to both votes. Overall, these steps move us closer to an FY18 budget resolution that could have serious implications for tax reform and farm bill prospects. Next up will be a Senate floor vote, expected the week of Oct 16 after members are home for recess. After that, both chambers will have to "conference" the two bills to negotiate the differences followed by another round of votes before going to the President for signature.  

 

House Update & Next Steps

House Vote: The House floor vote was 219-206 with 18 Republicans joined all Democrats in opposing the resolution (and 9 members not voting). Find the roll call here to see find your Members. The bill retained the reconciliation instructions to Agriculture that would force cuts of at least $10 billion, likely coming from SNAP.

Just as it is important to let members know our position on issues and votes, it is critical that you follow up with them to hold them accountable. See below for sample email language to use for those who voted for and against.

 

For all 219 who voted in favor:

  • We are extremely disappointed that [Rep. LASTNAME] voted in favor of the FY18 budget resolution on the House floor. The budget will force cuts to programs like SNAP that help some of the most vulnerable in our society and will make it harder for families in our area to make ends meet. As the process moves forward in negotiations with the Senate, we urge you to oppose any final budget or spending plan that makes cuts to vital nutrition assistance programs. We stand ready to work with you to find ways to improve programs to help end hunger in this great country.

 

For all 206 who voted against:

  • We are extremely thankful that [Rep. LASTNAME] voted against the FY18 budget resolution on the House floor. The budget will force cuts to programs like SNAP that help some of the most vulnerable in our society and will make it harder for families in our area to make ends meet. As the process moves forward in negotiations with the Senate, we urge you to oppose any final budget or spending plan that makes cuts to vital nutrition assistance programs.

 

Senate Update & Next Steps

The Senate Budget Committee vote passed 12-11 along party lines, with all Republicans supporting and all Democrats opposing (click here for Committee members). The resolution was largely unchanged through the committee's two days of markup hearings, and it still fundamentally establishes a framework, using the reconciliation process, to allow subsequent tax legislation to move forward with a simple majority in the Senate. While details of a potential tax cut package are not final, the structure used in the resolution would add trillions of dollars to the national debt. So while the Senate proposal does not seek to cut SNAP directly through Agriculture reconciliation instructions as is proposed in the House resolution, the Senate budget resolution would reduce government revenues significantly and increase long-term pressure to substantially cut programs like SNAP and others important to our network and those we serve.

 

Senate Next Steps:

The next step will be for a full Senate vote, which is expected to take place the week of October 16. Now is the time to reach out to all Senate offices, or meet them when they are home, to urge them to protect federal nutrition and other programs critical to our network and those we serve. See below for sample language and resources.

 

For those on the Budget Committee who voted for (all Republicans):

  • We are extremely disappointed that [Senator LASTNAME] voted in favor of the FY18 budget resolution in the Budget Committee. The resolution passed by the Senate Budget Committee would significantly decrease federal resources over the long-term and jeopardize federal nutrition programs and others critical to our network and your constituents we serve. As the process moves forward, we urge you to oppose any final budget or spending plan that threatens vital nutrition assistance programs now or in the future. We stand ready to work with you to find ways to improve programs to help end hunger in this great country.

 

For those on the Budget Committee who voted against (all Democrats):

  • We are extremely thankful that [Senator LASTNAME] voted against the FY18 budget resolution in the Budget Committee. The resolution passed by the Senate Budget Committee would significantly decrease federal resources over the long-term and jeopardize federal nutrition programs and others critical to our network and your constituents we serve. As the process moves forward, we urge you to oppose any final budget or spending plan that threatens vital nutrition assistance programs now or in the future. 

 

For all other Senators:

  • We strongly urge [Senator LASTNAME] to oppose the Senate budget resolution when it comes to a floor vote. The resolution passed by the Senate Budget Committee would significantly decrease federal resources over the long-term and jeopardize federal nutrition programs and others critical to our network and your constituents we serve. We urge you to oppose any final budget or spending plan that threatens vital nutrition assistance programs now or in the future.

 

Other SNAP Resources

Model Statements and SNAP Support Letters

SNAP Support Letter for Local Elected Officials 

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