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
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