Washington Review, July 12, 2013
This week in Washington, the House of Representatives debated critical policies affecting millions of Americans regarding food stamp funding and immigration reform.
Several weeks ago, I voted against H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act, because of its devastating cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as the food stamp program. H.R. 1947 failed to receive enough support to pass in the House.
This week, House leadership hastily brought a split version the FARRM bill, H.R. 2642, before the House of Representatives for a vote, which lacks the food stamp provision. I voted against this bill because it sets a truly irresponsible precedent, leaving no clear path forward for reauthorizing critical food aid programs. Unfortunately, this legislation passed yesterday, creating even greater uncertainty in the lives of millions of America’s most vulnerable citizens. I am disappointed that this legislation passed, but I will continue fighting for the families and children that rely on food stamps.
Additionally, this week in Congress several meetings were held to discuss immigration reform. I participated in an immigration strategy session with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), and later a meeting between the CHC and President Obama. While it is still unclear how House leadership will approach the immigration debate and Senate bill S.744, I look forward to debating the merits of comprehensive immigration reform. Now more than ever it is clear that we must mend our broken immigration system and invite those living in the shadows to come forward. As the debate advances, I will continue to advocate for a tough but fair path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. today.
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