Even in the partisan climate of Congress, I’m happy to report that we’ve been able to make some important progress on food policy.
Last week the House and Senate Agriculture Committees approved many of the reforms in my bill, the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act, as part of the reauthorization of the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill has yet to come to a full vote in Congress, but having these reforms included is a critical step, especially with the partisanship in Washington.
In short, these reforms would help federal policy catch up with the consumer-driven resurgence of local and regional food systems by investing in sustainable farming, connecting schools with local producers, and helping consumers access healthy foods. Go to pingree.house.gov/localfood for more details.
While I’m excited about this progress, I was deeply disappointed that the House version of the Farm Bill proposes severe cuts to SNAP benefits. I will continue fighting against these cruel cuts, which are bad for our families and the economy.
I’ll be in touch with important Farm Bill updates as we move forward, but in the meantime I appreciate hearing from you on this and other issues.