Sewell defends vote against farm bill, argues for those depending on assistance


U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell said she supports extending the farm bill, but said she wants to protect farmers and those in her district and elsewhere who need assistance.

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell

“This bill would have cut SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits by more than $20 billion over the next decade, leaving more than two million low-income people without food assistance and over 210,000 low-income children without access to their free school meals,” Sewell said. “It is unconscionable that we attempt to balance the deficit on the backs of low-income seniors, people with disabilities and working-poor families who depend on SNAP.”

Sewell, D-Birmingham, joined a majority of Democrats and dozens of Republicans who voted 195-234, killing the bill. She said the bill would have had devastating consequences for the more than 913,000 families in Alabama who depend on food stamps.

Many observers attributed the failure of the House bill to the deep cuts in the food stamp program.

– posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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