ACTION ALERT! The fight to remove the 2018 Farm Bill’s ban on Registered Citizens from SNAP

While America (and even the registry reform movement) was focused on the Kavanaugh SCOTUS hearings, the ability of thousands of registered citizens and their entire families were imperiled. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (HR 2, or simply known as “The Farm Bill”) make individuals with a sex crime or other offense considered violent offense ineligible to receive food stamps.

Since I am on SSDI and live off a mere $770 a month with no other subsidies save some utility assistance from PIPP, I need the $192 a month of food stamps I receive to survive. I am certainly not alone—the results of a job and welfare study in 2016 found that registered citizens were about 4 times as likely to experience unemployment, nearly 3 times as likely to live in poverty, over 16 times more likely to be currently homeless, and nearly twice as likely to be dependent on food stamps than the general population.i A June 2017 survey of the Alabama ‘Sex Offender” Registry found that 57.1% of Alabama’s registrant population was unemployed, though the number one job listed was “laborer/ handyman” with no work address listed, implying most were self-employed.ii

The previous farm bill added a provision to 7 USC 2015 (Under Section 6 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008) which bans those convicted of murder or a variety of sex offenses ONLY IF they failed to follow the conditions of their release (i.e., a “fleeing felon” rule). The current rules disqualify

(A) “The individual is convicted of–

(i) aggravated sexual abuse under section 2241 of title 18, United States Code;

(ii) murder under section 1111 of title 18, United States Code;

(iii) an offense under chapter 110 of title 18, United States Code;

(iv) a Federal or State offense involving sexual assault, as defined in 40002(a) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 13925(a)); or

(v) an offense under State law determined by the Attorney General to be substantially similar to an offense described in clause (i), (ii), or (iii); AND

(B) the individual is not in compliance with the terms of the sentence of the individual or the restrictions under subsection (k).”

On May 17, 2018, Rep. George Holding (R-NC) introduced H. Amdt. 614, which will remove the fleeing felon requirement, thus disqualifying everyone convicted of certain crimes from receiving SNAP at all.

In justifying this atrocious act, Rep. Holding stated, “Mr. Chairman, I believe we should not have to wait before a criminal who has already been convicted of these acts violates the terms of their sentence before terminating the benefits. Mr. Chairman, this amendment would eliminate the fleeing felon provision from the underlying law and thereby prohibits convicted rapists, pedophiles, murderers, et cetera, from being eligible for SNAP. This is a commonsense proposal that says if you commit these atrocious crimes that you are ineligible for this government program.”

The Amendment was approved and added as Section 4039 under the House Version of the Farm Bill. The Senate version lacks a similar amendment.

First, let’s discuss the bad news—Donald Trump prefers the House version of the Farm Bill because it contains the work provisions Republicans want to force millions off SNAP. The Farm Bill has already passed through the House and Senate. However, the bill has stalled because the House and Senate versions vary greatly and is not expected to pass before September 30. This means talks will not resume until after the important mid-term elections.

What this means for anti-registry activists is we still have time to fight the Holder Amendment. The Senate version is the preferred version because it lacks the Holder Amendment. It is important we take time in October to blitz our legislators as well as those on the Farm Bill Conference Committee. It is important to take some of the education received from the lobbyists and legislators who spoke at the various conferences this year to improve our efficacy. It is important to keep any correspondence brief (aim for a single page with bullet points) which adding a personal impact statement. We NEED personal stories, ESPECIALLY for those currently on the registry WITH DEPENDENT CHILDREN who are currently on SNAP.

It is important to also remind our legislators that SCOTUS has already established that unpopular groups of persons cannot be excluded from SNAP without a valid reason:

“Thus, if it is to be sustained, the challenged classification must rationally further some legitimate governmental interest other than those specifically stated in the congressional “declaration of policy.” Regrettably, there is little legislative history to illuminate the purposes of the 1971 amendment of 3 (e). 6 The legislative history that does exist, however, indicates that that amendment was intended to prevent so-called ‘hippies’ and ‘hippie communes’ from participating in the food stamp program. See H. R. Conf. Rep. No. 91-1793, p. 8; 116 Cong. Rec. 44439 (1970) (Sen. Holland). The challenged classification clearly cannot be sustained by reference to this congressional purpose. For if the constitutional conception of ‘equal protection of the laws’ means anything, it must at the very least mean that a bare congressional desire to harm a politically unpopular group cannot constitute a legitimate governmental interest. As a result, ‘[a] purpose to discriminate against hippies cannot, in and of itself and without reference to [some independent] considerations in the [413 U.S. 528, 535] public interest, justify the 1971 amendment.’ 345 F. Supp., at 314 n. 11.”iii

Oyez.org summarizes the Moreno case as follows:

“In a 7-2 decision, the Court upheld the District Court and maintained that amended Section 3 violated the Fifth Amendment in creating two types of households – one in which all members were related and one in which at least one member was unrelated. Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., writing for the majority, acknowledged the interest of Congress in preventing abuse of the Food Stamp program. However, the statute did not fulfill Congress’ stated purpose of preventing ‘hippies’ and ‘hippie communes’ from enrolling the food stamp program. Additionally, there existed other measures within the Food Stamp Act that were specifically aimed at preventing abuse of the program. Since the statute ‘simply does not operate so as rationally to further the prevention of fraud,’ the distinction between households with related members and households with unrelated members did not further the state interest and therefore violated the equal protection component of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.”iv

Also noteworthy, this act would violate the US Constitution’s ban legislative bills of attainder: in federal law under Article I, Section 9, and in state law under Article I, Section 10. (For those who don’t know what a bill of attainder is, it is defined as “A legislative act that singles out an individual or group for punishment without a trial.”)

Below is a list of the members of the Farm Bill Conference Committee.v Even if some members lose the upcoming elections, they should be on the committee even as a “lame duck”:

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced the Senate Democratic conferees:

  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry;

  • Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vermont, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations;

  • Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio;

  • Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota;

Republicans named to the committee:

  • Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas, Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry;

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky;

  • Sen. John Boozman, Arkansas;

  • Sen. John Hoeven, North Dakota, and

  • Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

The nine Senate conferees announced Aug. 1 will join the 47 House members named to the committee on July 18.

Speaker Paul Ryan named the Republicans:

  • House Agriculture Committee

    • Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX)

    • Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)

    • Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

    • Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK)

    • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)

    • Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA)

    • Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR)

    • Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)

    • Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)

    • Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)

    • Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC)

    • Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS)

    • Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX)

  • House Education and the Workforce Committee

    • Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC)

    • Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA)

  • House Energy and Commerce Committee

    • Rep. John

  • House Financial Services Committee

    • Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)

    • Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)

  • House Foreign Affairs Committee

    • Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA)

    • Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH)

  • House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

    • Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC)

    • Rep. James Comer (R-KY)

  • House Natural Resources Committee

    • Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT)

    • Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR)

  • House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

    • Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA)

    • Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL)

  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

    • Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA)

    • Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH)

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi named the Democrats:

  • House Committee on Agriculture:

    • Ranking Member Collin Peterson of Minnesota

    • Rep. David Scott of Georgia

    • Rep. Jim Costa of California

    • Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota

    • Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio

    • Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts

    • Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas

    • Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico

    • Rep. Ann Kuster of New Hampshire

    • Rep. Tom O’Halleran of Arizona

  • Education and Workforce:

    • Rep. Alma Adams of North Carolina

  • Energy and Commerce:

    • Rep. Paul Tonko of New York

  • Financial Services:

    • Ranking Member Maxine Waters of California

  • Foreign Affairs:

    • Ranking Member Eliot Engel of New York

  • Natural Resources:

    • Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva of Arizona

  • Oversight and Government Reform:

    • Rep. Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands

  • Science, Space and Technology:

    • Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas

  • Transportation and Infrastructure:

    • Rep. Cheri Bustos of Ilinois

To summarize what needs to be done:

  1. Contact your federal legislators and as many members as possible of the Farm Bill Conference Committee and tell them to remove Section 4039 of the House Version of HB 2, the provision banning registrants from receiving SNAP benefits.

  2. Write a brief, one page summary with bullet points. I suggest the document contains the following:

    1. A Statement about how the bill impacts you and your family (or would potentially impact you and your loved ones). If you have dependent children, emphasize that fact.

    2. A summary of facts like I have listed regarding high levels of unemployment and welfare dependence among the registrant population.

    3. A summary of the US Dept of Agriculture v Moreno and the mention that it is unconstitutional to pass legislation designed to harm unpopular groups.

  3. Be persistent—most legislators hope you won’t call back and be satisfied with just talking with them once. Follow up after initial contact is made.

We have a short time to influence the legislature, and asking for this one small provision to be removed is within our ability to do so, if you are willing to do your part.

ihttp://oncefallen.com/jobsurvey2016.html

iihttp://reformalabama.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-unemployment-rate-for-registered.html

iiiUS Dept of Agriculture v Moreno, 413 U.S. 528 at 533 (1973). Ifthe statement seems familiar to you, it is because the statement was cited in a more famous case involving gay rights, Romer v Evans, 517 US 620 (1996)

ivhttps://www.oyez.org/cases/1972/72-534

vAs listed at https://www.americanagriculturist.com/farm-policy/farm-bill-2018-conference-committee-members-announced

18 comments for “ACTION ALERT! The fight to remove the 2018 Farm Bill’s ban on Registered Citizens from SNAP

  1. Will Bassler
    September 29, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    If legislators refuse to learn from history and continued down the road that is full of potholes said legislators need to be held accountable for their actions and removed from office either by the the voters or by the court’s.

    This matter has already been decided in 1973 when the legislators attempted to remove a group of people (hippies) from the snap program. the United States Supreme Court said that the legislators could not deny access to a program that was designed for everyone that it was low income. that in actuality it was a violation of the Fifth Amendment as well as the 14th amendment equal protection and due process

    Note: there was an issue that was not addressed by the Supreme Court on this matter and that is the fact that it is also a bill of attainder in that it is punishing a specific group of people by legislative action by denying them access to federal programs that all other people have access to. this is also the issue when it comes to HUD housing the legislators do not have the legal recourse to deny specific groups access to any government program unless they can prove that that group poses a severe public safety issue and since the people on this forum already know that there is no high re-offense rate for people on the registry there is no public safety issue.

    note I believe that the legislators could be held accountable for this these actions under the United States criminal code title 18 section 241 Conspiracy Against Rights and section 242 Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law. section 245 describes Federally Protected Activities in subsection 1 it states: 1) This statute prohibits willful injury, intimidation, or interference, or attempt to do so, by force or threat of force of any person or class of persons because of their activity as:

    and in part 1e) a participant in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

    subsection 2)Prohibits willful injury, intimidation, or interference or attempt to do so, by force or threat of force of any person …… because of his/her activity as:

    Part b) a participant in any benefit, service, privilege, program, facility, or activity provided or administered by a state or local government;

    So if the legislators have past a illegal and unconstitutional law. in an attempt to deprive it specific parties of their privileges protected under the Constitution. then those said legislators that proposed the unconstitutional law can be charged with a federal crime

  2. Kayt
    September 30, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Okay, this is good. I am wondering if we can put names and addresses of our Federal legislators here in this blog? Maybe write a sample letter? I know that you gave examples, but how about a sample letter with the facts? Because some people out there might copy and print something out but will never take the time to look up addresses and write letters. (Just saying.)

    You said:
    Write a brief, one page summary with bullet points. I suggest the document contains the following:

    A Statement about how the bill impacts you and your family (or would potentially impact you and your loved ones). If you have dependent children, emphasize that fact.

    A summary of facts like I have listed regarding high levels of unemployment and welfare dependence among the registrant population.

    A summary of the US Dept of Agriculture v Moreno and the mention that it is unconstitutional to pass legislation designed to harm unpopular groups.

  3. October 1, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    If I write a sample letter, most folks won’t write their own letters and just fill out the cover letter. Generic form letters are routinely ignored and trashed. That is why everyone should use their own words to send to legislators.

    If someone wants to go back and post the addresses of the legislators then great. I am not at home right now and do not have the time to post every address at the moment, but I listed the members at the bottom of the article.

  4. Derek Logue
    October 1, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    I did not write a sample letter because too many sample letters will simply be trashed and ignored.

    As you can see, there are over 40 members of this committee, and I typed it on a tablet as I am not home today. If someone else wants to make a handy list of the reps and senators contact info that’d help.

  5. October 2, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Last year I lost everything in about 20 minutes as I watch my RV and everything in it, burn to the ground. I was just happy to have managed to get out as I was trapped. Thankfully Food stamps helped me out of a terrible situations more than once in my life an this was one such time. I am glad this program exists. However, the Trump administration is looking at any and all ways to encourage those capable of working, to work. Somehow, some way, we have to drastically reduce the Trillions in debt America owes. The socialist democrats have not discussed this issue at all publicly as far as I can tell, despite it being one of the top issues for millions of Americans who might currently be unaware what’s looming. Instead, they focus on attacking this Administration on every other front.

    I will draft and submit letters to our Federal government in the coming days as time permits showing my support to continue the program as it is a lifeline for so many individuals as well as families. Despite this country’s near sudden boost in economic flow and moral, demolishing any or all part of SNAP would place vulnerable families in a far worse situations.

    Anyone potentially going to lose out on SNAP should look to changing their lives a bit to ensure they have food security. I’ve learned to spend far less than $150/mo on food in tough times by shopping smart and making only one trip into town per month. Despite the terrible ordeal last year, I have managed to collect and store nearly 4-5 months of dry, non-perishables including canned goods and they are stored in food-grade 5 gal buckets that cost about $5 each. Everything from Pasta, Beans, Rice, instant-corn bread, freeze dried coffee, pancake mixes and syrups, energy bars, oatmeals and more. I encourage everyone to do this. I rotate my stored foot items beat eating items with the oldest best by dates first. On the West Coast, there are discount grocery outlets in many cities and it’s worth a trip to stock up if at all possible. Learn to try and eat things you wouldn’t normally buy, as long as the prices are good.

    Please stock up on food and supplies if at all possible, people. If you have a vehicle, keep some supplies there as well. In my case, my car was broke down in town and because of that, i had a change of clothes, toiletries, a sleeping bag and food stored away in emergencies and thankfully it was not burned up with the RV. It saved my butt.

    • October 2, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      This is not about anyone’s feelings about this current administration. This article addresses a narrow issue that deals with a sweeping blanket ban that impacts food stamps for all registered persons AND their families no matter what!

      Save the pro-Trump rhetoric for a different time, right now, focus on this latest attack on registered humans and their families.

  6. Timothy
    October 2, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    It seems the electronic list of convicted persons, and non convicted persons was indeed intended to impose affirmative disability.

  7. Scott
    October 2, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    You can only kick a dog so long before they bite and it might just happen if they keep enacting inhumane laws and discriminatory laws of certain classes. Bottom line is, too much power can be a bad thing.

    I will write letters and might as well make some phone calls to the AG’s office as well.

  8. Tim Moore
    October 4, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Where can I go to get more statistics on homelessness and food stamp dependency for California or nationwide?

    • Tim Moore
      October 4, 2018 at 7:55 am

      …for registrants in particular.

  9. Tim Moore
    October 4, 2018 at 9:11 am

    I am getting a list of contact information for each of the Congress people and will send it to Derek and SOSEN.

    • Scott
      October 4, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      you need to check with your local social service or human service offices. I don’t know that they would say much unless you are part of a reputable team for outreach. Then you have to ask yourself, How would they react knowing you were able to get that information unless you had specific names?? be very careful.

      • Tim Moore
        October 4, 2018 at 10:34 pm

        I doubt if any government has information like that on registrants, but thought I would ask. We have to do like Derek and Reform Alabama and survey registrants ourselves to see how many are homeless, etc. The bigger the sample the better.

    • KayT
      October 5, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      I hope this contact information is posted in the Sosen forum. This would help Sosen and a whole a lot of other people who need to know. So far as self-researching this, I just don’t have the moxie to do it right now, way too much on my plate!

  10. October 5, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Tim sent me the contact list so feel free to contact everyone you can:

    Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced the Senate Democratic conferees:

    Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; 202-224-4822
    731 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510

    Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vermont, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations; 202-224-4242
    437 Russell Senate Bldg, Washington, DC 20510

    Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio; 202-224-2315
    713 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510 Fax: 202-228-6321

    Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota; 202-224-2043
    SH-110 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Fax: 202-224-7776

    Republicans named to the committee:

    Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas, Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; 202-224-4774
    109 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Fax: 202-224-3514

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky; 202-224-2541
    317 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Fax: 202-224-2499

    Sen. John Boozman, Arkansas; 202-224-4843
    141 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Fax: 202-228-1371

    Sen. John Hoeven, North Dakota, 202-224-2551
    338 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

    Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. 202-224-3254
    111 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Fax: 202-224-9

    The nine Senate conferees announced Aug. 1 will join the 47 House members named to the committee on July 18.
    Speaker Paul Ryan named the Republicans:

    • House Agriculture Committee

    Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) 202-225-3605
    2430 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-1783

    Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) 202-225-5121
    124 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-5796

    Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) 202-225-5431
    2309 Rayburn HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515 Fax: 202-225-9681

    Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) 202-225-5565
    2405 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-8698

    Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) 202-225-3261
    2184 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-226-8485

    Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) 202-225-6531
    2417 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-3013

    Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) 202-225-4076
    2422 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-5602

    Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) 202-225-2876
    2235 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-0148

    Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) 202-225-2371
    1740 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-226-0791

    Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) 202-225-5744
    511 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-3973

    Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC) 202-225-2731
    424 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-5773

    Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) 202-225-2715
    312 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

    Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) 202-225-4005
    1029 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-9615

    • House Education and the Workforce Committee

    Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) 202-225-2071
    2262 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-2995

    Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA) 202-225-2823
    426 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-3377

    • House Energy and Commerce Committee

    Rep. John Skimkus (R-Il) 202-225-5271
    2217 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-5880

    • House Financial Services Committee

    Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) 202-225-3484
    2228 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-226-4888

    Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) 202-225-3365
    2330 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515

    • House Foreign Affairs Committee

    Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) 202-225-4111
    2310 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-226-0335

    Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) 202-225-2216
    2371 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515 Fax: 202-225-3012

    • House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

    Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) 202-225-3065
    1305 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-8611

    Rep. James Comer (R-KY) 202-225-3115
    1513 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515

    • House Natural Resources Committee

    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) 202-225-0453
    123 Cannon Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-5857

    Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) 202-225-3772
    130 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-1314

    • House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

    Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA) 202-225-8490
    417 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-8490

    Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL) 202-225-5235
    423 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-5615

    • House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

    Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) 202-225-4540
    1730 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-3402

    Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) 202-225-6265
    2446 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-3394

    Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi named the Democrats:

    • House Committee on Agriculture:

    Ranking Member Collin Peterson of Minnesota 202-225-2165
    2204 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-1593

    Rep. David Scott of Georgia 202-225-2939
    225 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-4628

    Rep. Jim Costa of California 202-225-3341
    2081 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515

    Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota 202-225-2472
    2313 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

    Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio 202-225-7032
    2344 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515 Fax: 202-225-1339

    Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts 202-225-6101
    438 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-5759

    Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas 202-225-9901
    437 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-9770

    Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico 202-225-6316
    214 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-4975

    Rep. Ann Kuster of New Hampshire 202-225-5206
    137 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-2946

    Rep. Tom O’Halleran of Arizona 202-225-3361
    126 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

    • Education and Workforce:

    Rep. Alma Adams of North Carolina 202-225-1510
    222 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-1512

    Energy and Commerce:

    Rep. Paul Tonko of New York 202-225-5076
    2463 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-5077

    • Financial Services:

    Ranking Member Maxine Waters of California 202-225-2201
    2221 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-7854

    • Foreign Affairs:

    Ranking Member Eliot Engel of New York 202-225-2464
    2462 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-5513

    • Natural Resources:

    Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva of Arizona 202-225-2435
    1511 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-225-1541

    • Oversight and Government Reform:

    Rep. Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands 202 225-1790
    331 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: (202) 225-5517

    • Science, Space and Technology:

    Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas 202-225-8885
    2468 Rayburn Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Fax: 202-226-1477

    • Transportation and Infrastructure:

    Rep. Cheri Bustos of Ilinois 202-225-5905
    1009 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515

  11. Douglas Martinez
    October 8, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    I was wondering why I never got a response to my application.

  12. Roger
    November 9, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    What is the latest on this?

    • Will Bassler
      November 10, 2018 at 11:16 am

      The midterms are over, and that means the Farm Bill Conference Committee will resume. As we know, they will hash out the differences between the partisan House bill with the bipartisan Senate bill. We also know the House version has the dangerous Holding amendment while the Senate version does not.

      Here is some background information on the conference committee rules. This is taken from the Farm Bill Law Enterprises website. Please support the Senate version :

      “There are a few important things about the conference process that advocates should keep in mind:

      First, no new proposals can be included in the final bill that were not present in the two versions intended to be reconciled. The committee’s available language is limited to only previously voted upon measures.
      Second, the final product of the conference committee is the conference report. The conference report includes two things: the final language of the bill, expressed as amendments to the most recently passed legislation (in this case the Senate Farm Bill), and the joint explanatory statement. The joint explanatory statement can be a tool for policy because it is officially part of the legislative record. The joint explanatory statement is not voted upon and therefore can have more detailed information, which can be original language. Additionally, agencies often use the joint explanatory statement to know how to interpret legislative provisions.
      And finally, in conference, one person does not mean one vote. These are negotiations, not a voted upon resolution. This means that the house does not become more powerful simply because it has over 6 times the representation in the conference room.

      FBLE encourages the farm bill conference committee to produce legislation that looks more like the Senate version of the farm bill. The conference committee also has the opportunity to include explanatory conference reports that can be a very helpful policy tool. This could, for example, include explaining the choices made about large changes to access and added work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) recipients, which is one of the major contrasts between the current House and Senate bills.”

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