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Washington, D.C., June 13, 2018 — Following the Senate Agriculture Committee’s markup of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 today, the American Public Health Association expressed its support for the Senate’s proposed Farm Bill. APHA applauded Chairman Roberts, Ranking Member Stabenow and other members of the committee for their bipartisan efforts to improve the integrity of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and their commitment to maintaining the accessibility of this vital nutrition program.
Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA said, “The Senate’s bipartisan and measured approach to this legislation is something we appreciate. Supporting evidence-based public health policy over ideology and protecting and strengthening SNAP, which has proven itself to be cost effective and beneficial to the health of millions of Americans, is a big step in the right direction.”
APHA also expressed support for the Senate’s commitment to key conservation programs and for rejecting the controversial pesticide provisions that were included in the House Farm bill.
The House version of the Farm Bill is strongly opposed by APHA. The proposed legislation would cut billions in funding from the program and eliminated SNAP eligibility for millions of Americans.
APHA looks forward to continuing its work with Congress to pass a strong bipartisan Farm Bill that supports public health.
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