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VICTORY! Farm Bill Conf Report Passes House and Senate; Reminder to sign onto TY letter to Baker Admin on Public Charge Comments - Deadline 12/14 at NOON

Good news for SNAP Coalition Members!  
 
Farm Bill Update: 
Woo hoo!!!  Hat's off to the the Massachusetts SNAP Coalition members and anti-hunger organizations for your incredible advocacy helping to protect and defend SNAP.  At 4:30 PM yesterday, the House passed the Farm Bill Conf Report 369 to 47 with virtually ALL of the MA Delegation (all 8 Reps, Rep Keating absent). The Senate voted 87-13 on Tuesday with BOTH Senators Markey and Warren in the affirmative. Below is a summary from FRAC President Jim Weill including links to both the House and Senate votes on the Conference Report.  See also CBPP President Bob Greenstein's statement here:  https://www.cbpp.org/press/statements/greenstein-bipartisan-2018-farm-bill-protects-snap  The Farm Bill goes next to the President, but there are plenty of votes to override a veto should that happen. 
 
Huge thanks to our national partners - especially CBPP, FRAC, Feeding America and MAZON - for guiding us on this two-year journey. And very special thanks to our fantastic Massachusetts Congressional Delegation, including the amazing and indefatigable anti-hunger champ Congressman Jim McGovern. You can send him TY notes and holiday greetings here :https://mcgovern.house.gov/contact/  We hope to thank and honor Jim in person in early 2019!!  And for those of you who saved your Thanksgiving turkey wishbone and made a#protect&defend wish, now's the time to snap it !!!   
 
Public Charge Update - Sign on TY letter to Baker Admin by NOON tomorrow
Tomorrow (12/14) is the deadline to add your organization's name to a TY letter to EOHHS Secretary Sudders for her and the Baker Administration's leadership in filing comments against the Trump Admin public charge rules.  Over 210K comments were filed on line by midnight, Dec 10th - and that does not count comments snail mailed to USCIS - so that number will likely increase substantially.  MA is one of the few states with a Republican Administration that weighed in early and adamantly against these horrid public charge rules. We wish to thank them. Here's a link to the EOHHS and six state agency comments,  
 
To sign on your organization by NOON tomorrow, go to our Google Doc Thank You letter HERE. 
 
Upcoming SNAP 101 and Utilities Rights Trainings - Wednesday January 16th: 
There's still time to register for these trainings.  And it's a bargain for community organizations and legal services staff ($27.50 training fee includes being in a beautiful venue, free coffee/snacks, training materials and the soon to be released 2019 SNAP Advocacy Guide!)
Please join us to learn all the changes in SNAP-land, basic utility rights and how you can advocate for your low income clients.
 
SNAP and College Students advocacy tool: 
ICYMI: Check out our just released and awesome college student Youtube video HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP_3DZTQkiQ&feature=youtu.be

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