PCRM: Update: Senate Passes Farm Bill

December 20th, 2007 5:52 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: PCRM Legislative Coordinator Kyle Ash
Date: Dec 19, 2007 9:00 AM
Subject: Update: Senate Passes Farm Bill

The Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill on Friday, Dec. 14–and thanks to all of your phone calls and e-mails, a remarkable number of senators found the courage to ignore special interests and vote yes on the FRESH Amendment. The FRESH Amendment, which was introduced by Sens. Lugar and Lautenberg, represented our best chance to reduce subsidies for cruel factory farms and unhealthy foods. Unfortunately, the amendment failed by a vote of 37 to 58. But the vote was much closer than people anticipated, and it reflects an important change on Capitol Hill: Public health and children’s nutrition are finally becoming a priority.

Find out how your senators voted on the FRESH Amendment. If you would like to contact your senators about how they voted, click here.

More than ever before, the media, celebrities, politicians, and the public are talking about how the American crisis of obesity and chronic disease is fueled by the federal food policies that continue to surround Americans with high-fat, sugary products. Reforming the Farm Bill is an uphill battle, and PCRM will continue working to improve federal food policy.

The Farm Bill debate is not completely over until it passes the president’s desk in 2008. And in 2009, the Child Nutrition Act will be reauthorized. Please stay tuned for more updates about how you can help. You can also visit our Web site for the latest information on our efforts on Capitol Hill.

Thanks so much for letting Congress know that people are ready for a healthier federal food policy. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at kash [at] pcrm.org.

Best regards,

Kyle Ash
Legislative Coordinator

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