Some Texas Congressmen Flex Their Political Muscle Against Hunger

October 8, 2009 § Leave a comment

LGLisa Goddard
Advocay and Online Marketing Director

Congress is listening and acting. Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved HR 2997 which provides hunger relief for families in Texas and across the nation. The $121 billion spending bill temporarily extends expiring provisions of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act and includes:

  • $58.2 billion ($4.2 billion more than last year) for SNAP (Food Stamps)
  • $7.3 billion ($400 million more than 2009 non-emergency levels) for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program
  • $16.9 billion ($1.9 billion more than last year) for aid to school and child care nutrition programs
  • $85 million for pilot summer food service program projects to provide nutritious food to low income children during the summer

The bill passed with wide bi-partisan support of 263 to 162. For those representing our 21-county service area the votes were as follows:

Yea
Lloyd Doggett (D) District 25
John Carter (R) District 31
Chet Edwards (D) District 17
Nay
Michael McCaul (R) District 10
Lamar Smith (R) District 21
Joe Barton (R) District 6
Michael Conaway (R) District 11

The bill now heads to the Senate for voting, and hopefully to the president to be signed into law. For a detailed list of the improvements headed our way, read the Committee on Education & Labor’s blog post here

While you’re still reading this blog, I’ll be sending some hand-written thank you cards to our hunger-fighting representatives.  Please join me in a round of thanks by sending a thank you or giving them a call.  For those who voted against the bill, we clearly have more work ahead of us. 

In other news, the Texas Democratic Congressional Delegation is deeply concerned about the SNAP delays at home and wants the USDA to act. Read the letter below, sent to Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack.

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