Friday, September 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement upon passage of the Nutrition Reform & Work Opportunity Act, (H.R. 3102):

“Today, the House followed through with a vote on the second portion of the farm bill, passing a nutrition bill for American families in need.

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves an important role in helping our nation’s most vulnerable citizens and providing necessary assistance for eligible families. Over the past decade, the cost of the SNAP program nearly tripled while job growth stagnated due to misguided Washington policies, creating an unsustainable spending path that is not efficiently solving the root causes of hunger.

“While this was not a perfect bill, I supported this legislation because it includes meaningful reforms that ensure the SNAP program remains available for those who need it most, increases funding for food banks, and preserves state flexibility to waive work requirements. Congress is now one step closer to passing a farm bill that will provide certainty for Hoosier farmers and authorize a food stamp policy for our families.

“Congress failed to pass a farm bill last year, and it is unacceptable to put this bill off any longer. Policy certainty and predictably enable job creation and economic growth, which are – without a doubt – our most effective tools for alleviating poverty and ending hunger.”

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