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Action Alert | Sessions Amendment to Farm Bill

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See also a related fact sheet, “Sessions Amendment Would Deny Supplemental Nutrition Assistance to Millions of Citizen Children.”


Email message sent to supporters on June 12, 2012.

SUBJECT: Tell your senators to vote NO on increased hunger

A National Immigration Law Center
PUBLIC BENEFITS UPDATE


ACT NOW!


Tell your senators to vote NO on Senator Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) amendment to deny food assistance to potentially millions of low-income citizens.
  The provision would create increased hunger in already difficult economic times.

Background

Sen. Sessions is expected to offer an amendment to the Farm Bill to prevent U.S. citizens and eligible immigrants, including children, from receiving help under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program) if even one member of the household is an immigrant not eligible to receive SNAP benefits.*

Existing law already prevents undocumented immigrants—including children
from receiving SNAP. The Sessions amendment, if passed, would increase the number of hungry children in America, which already stands at 16 million.

This is cruel. This is unnecessary. This is unacceptable!

Take action now!

Call this toll-free hotline: 877-698-8228. Listen to the prerecorded message, and enter your zip code when prompted.

You will be automatically connected to the office of your first senator. Deliver this message:

“As your constituent, I urge you to protect all children and vote against the Sessions amendment to the FARM BILL that would deny millions of eligible U.S. citizens food assistance.”

• Call back a second time and ask to speak to your second senator.

Please do this now. And thanks!


* The farm bill contains a set of provisions that govern subsidies to farmers and food programs such as SNAP. Congress renews it about every five years.

 


 

 

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