Action Alert: Contact Senator Stabenow
RE: Eliminate Damaging Amendment from Farm Bill
Last week, Senator Vitter introduced a damaging Amendment (Amendment 1056) to the 2013 Farm Bill that, in turn, was adopted by the Senate. This amendment would deny food assistance through SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, for life to anyone ever convicted of certain offenses. The amendment is retroactive and creates a lifelong ban on food assistance, it has the potential to devastate thousands of individuals and their families. In addition, it would result in lower SNAP benefits for children and other family members of people convicted of such offenses.
This Amendment discourages family reunification due to the potential to reduce benefits to the rest of the family.
People with criminal records already face legal and policy barriers to employment, housing, education and public benefits at the federal, state and local levels.
We should be working to eradicate these barriers not expand them!
Senator Stabenow, MI-D, is the chair of the of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Please contact Senator Stabenow with the following message: "I urge you to do everything possible to eliminate this amendment in the Senate before it goes to Conference committee."
If you have a personal story of what these benefits have meant to you and/or your family, you may want to briefly share this with the Senator.
The Honorable Debbie Stabenow
United States Senate
133 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2203
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For more information on the issue please read:
David Vitter's hypocritical build, punitive, horrible new amendment: Senator's new measure denies food stamps for life to certain classes of ex-convicts (solicitation not included) by David Dayen from Salon, May 24, 2013.