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SNAP Gap/Common App Bill - Please Contact your House/Senate Members to Co-Sponsor; Nomination for USDA Secretary Announced and other FRAC/national news

1) Co-Sponsors Needed for SNAP Gap/Common App Legislation

Representative Jay Livingstone and Senator Sal DiDomenico are each filing the SNAP Gap/Common App legislation: An Act Improving Public Health through a Common Application for Core Food, Health and Safety-net Programs

What you need to know:

  • Please urge your local Representative to sign on to co-sponsor Rep Livingstone's bill, House Docket #655, and Senator DiDomenico's Bill, Senate Docket #247. Attached is the fact sheet with Docket numbers. 

  • Many Reps and Senators are focused this week on drafting/filling their initial bills and getting docket numbers, which initial deadline is tomorrow. So, their staff may be distracted this process. Calling or visiting your Members NEXT WEEK would be great!

  • The DEADLINE for House Members to sign on as co-sponsors is Friday, Feb 3rd. The Deadline for the Senate is longer (until the Bill has a hearing in Committee), but we would like to get as many co-sponsors by 2/3/17.

  • Local SNAP Gap information: You can give your local Rep and Senator an exact picture of the estimated SNAP Gap in their House or Senate District - by zip, city or town etc. Go to the SNAP Gap MAP and click on Senate Gap or House Gap (left hand side) and then select their District to pull up the specific data and map! 

There is a SNAP Gap/Common App Campaign Conference Call later today at 4:15 PM. If you would like to participate in this call and did not receive a confirming email with the call in info, let me know.

2) Nominee for USDA Secretary Announced, former GA Governor Sonny Perdue 

See FRAC News Update on the announcement re the Cabinet position for USDA Secretary.  We will keep you posted as the confirmation hearing and process unfolds and will be talking with our Georgia anti-hunger colleagues as well. You may also want to sign up for FRAC News emails. 

3) Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting on Tuesday, January 24th (and State House Visits in afternoon)

As noted in an earlier email, the SNAP Coalition Meeting in Boston is January 24th- Tuesday - from 10 to Noon at St Francis House. This is the FIRST Coalition meeting of the year and is jam packed. Ellen Vollinger of FRAC will be giving an update on what is going on in DC on SNAP/anti-hunger legislative issues as well as a number of the items mentioned in FRAC's email below. The Coalition meeting will also include updates on fed regs, state policy, the DTA Assistance Line and DTA Connect changes, HIP/FINI and more. Looking forward to seeing you all!

Please consider scheduling a visit your House and Senate Member after the SNAP Gap meeting on 1/24 to urge them to co-sponsor the SNAP Gap/Common App Legislation. I would be happy to advise you on how to schedule a State House visit and prepare district-based materials for your Members.

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From: Food Research & Action Center
Date: Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 9:50 AM
Subject: FRAC Federal Nutrition Programs Update - January 19, 2017



January 19, 2017

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The News in Brief: At press time, media outlets reported that former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue (R) would be nominated to be the next Secretary of Agriculture. For more on the Agriculture Secretary selection, see Press and Polls below. While cabinet nominees are awaiting confirmation and other political appointments are made, USDA and other departments reportedly will operate with a team of political appointees and career personnel. At 12:01 p.m. Friday, Donald Trump’s aides will deploy a team of temporary political appointees into federal agencies to begin laying the groundwork for the president-elect’s agenda while his nominees await Senate confirmation, sources familiar with the plan told POLITICO. See Trump's beachhead teams primed to grab agencies reins at noon Friday, by Andrew Restuccia and Nancy Cook, POLITICO, 1/18/17.

A Look Ahead: 130 California groups sent a joint letter to Congress in support of SNAP and other federal nutrition programs, and the California letter organizers now are encouraging their allies to sign on to the national counterpart letter coordinated by FRAC. For a link to the letters, see Press and Polls below.

Take Action to Protect and Strengthen SNAP and Other Federal Nutrition Programs: 1) Sign on and ask allies to sign on to the national, state, and local organization letter that FRAC is circulating in support of the federal nutrition programs; 2) Register for the March 5-7, 2017 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, cosponsored by FRAC and Feeding America in cooperation with the National CACFP Forum and plan now to meet with Members of Congress during the March 7th Lobby Day. For updates on policy developments and advocacy strategies, go to FRAC's Legislative Action Center.

House Ag Nutrition Subcommittee Chair: The new Chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition is Representative Glen (GT) Thompson (R-PA). Check Press and Polls below for coverage of his service visit to a food bank on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For more on House Agriculture Nutrition Subcommittee leadership and full Committee membership overall see "Conaway Announces Agriculture Subcommittee Chairmen for the 115th Congress," "Chairman Conaway Announces New and Returning Agriculture Committee Republican Members," and "Pelosi Announces New Appointments to Committee Assignments for the 115th Congress."

SNAP Rules Open for Comment: USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is seeking public comment 1) no later than January 30th on a proposed rule that implements 2014 Farm Bill changes to SNAP eligibility for college students and lottery winners and state systems for verifying income, eligibility and immigration status; and 2) no later than January 17th on a Civil Rights Update to the SNAP Federal-State Agreement (FSA). For technical assistance in submitting comments, contact

Press and Polls...and More

USDA Secretary Nominee: No, really this time: Trump has picked Sonny Perdue for Ag secretary, @politico has confirmed” Tweet by @hbottemiller on 1/18/17.

More on Ag Secretary Selection: “After a long wait, Trump reportedly picks Sonny Perdue for USDA. Tweet by @ChrisClaytonDTN on 1/18/17.

Subcommittee Chair GT Thompson (R-PA) Packs Food Boxes: “Finished #MLKDAY2017 #service packing food boxes at #FoodBank @centralpafb #FarmersFeed #NutritionMatters” Tweet by @CongressmanGT on 1/16/17.

Food Bank Thanks Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY): Thank you @SenGillibrand for showing your continued support of Food Bank and anti-hunger programs! #DoneinADay4MLK #HonorMLK” Tweet by @FoodBank4NYC on 1/16/19.

Californians Speak Out: “130 CA orgs send this anti-hunger ltr 2 #CA @HouseDemocrats @HouseGOP Sign natl letter now! Tweet by @Western_Center on 1/18/17.

Still Time for New Yorkers to Sign On: “ACT NOW: Support federal anti-hunger programs  individuals sign-on here & orgs sign-on here Tweet by @FoodBank4NYC on 1/5/17.

SNAP Matters: Here's what the @nytimes got wrong about families using food stamps—and why it matters. Tweet by @TalkPoverty on 1/17/17.

Viola Davis: Thrilled to share that @HungerIs continues to fight childhood hunger w/ $4.6 million in grants! #MakeBreakfastHappen” Tweet by @violadavis on 1/17/17.

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