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From: WSFFN - Ellen Gray <eg...@wsffn.org>
Date: June 19, 2013, 11:40:22 AM PDT
To: hred...@gmail.com
Subject: PLEASE Call Your US Representative TODAY for a Better Farm Bill!
Reply-To: eg...@wsffn.org

Farm Bill needs your phone call TODAY!

Dear Heather:

The House is debating the Farm Bill TODAY and are voting for or against amendments right now. Watch them live.

Last night the House Rules Committee severely restricted which amendments can be heard. Many of our amendments were not allowed and there are some really bad amendments that were allowed (ie eliminates Farmers Market Funding).

Please call your Representative NOW and ask them to:

1. Protect Funding for Farmers Markets:

  • OPPOSE #92 McClintock Amendment # 92 - which completely eliminates funding for Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants
  • SUPPORT #20 Kaptur Amendment #20 which ensures continued support for the Senior Farm Market Nutrition Program

2. Support a Fair Farm Bill:

  • SUPPORT Fortenberry Payment Limit Reform Amendment #93 which closes loopholes and caps commodity payments at $250,000 per year for any one farm. This amendment would be consistent with Senate's version.
  • OPPOSE Schweikert Amendment #198 which eliminates all funding for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative - a public-private partnership using public dollars to attract private investment in underserved communities.

3. Protect the Environment:

  • SUPPORT Blumenauer Amendment #73 which strengthens the Conservation Reserve Program to help farmers protect wildlife hapbitat buffers, and wetland bufferes.

3. Prevent Cuts to Food Assistance:

  • SUPPORT McGovern Amendment #146 which restores $21B Cuts to SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka Food Stamps).

PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY!

District 1 Rep Suzan DelBene  202 225 6311

District 2 Rep Rick Larsen       202 225 2605

District 3 Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler 202 225 3536

District 4 Rep Doc Hastings          202-225-5816

District 5 Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers      202 225 2006

District 6 Rep Derek Kilmer         202 225 5916

District 7 Rep Jim McDermott     202 225 3106

District 8 Rep David Reichert       202 225 7761

District 9 Rep Adam Smith           202 225 8901

District 10 Rep Denny Heck          202 225 9740

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