Congress Must Reject the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture released the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, a partisan Farm Bill that weakens safeguards that protect communities from toxic pesticides, cuts vital conservation programs that help farmers reduce pollution, and could increase the likelihood that bad actors can get away with contaminating our water with harmful toxic outbreaks that contaminate drinking water sources and put public health at risk. The bill also makes significant cuts to nutrition programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and imposes burdensome  requirements on program recipients.

Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement:

"This is a heartless bill that will undermine the safety net, especially food security, and set back years of effort to protect drinking water from pollution from industrial agriculture. It is more focused on padding the pockets of billionaires and improving the bottom-lines of corporate polluters than it is on public health, conservation, or supporting families and communities. It puts water at risk by rolling-back conservation programs. It gives huge handouts to pesticides manufacturers at the expense of our health. It cuts vital health and nutrition programs that help millions of families across the nation. This bill drastically cuts the programs that help Americans put food on the table -- and that jeopardizes our health.

This is a deeply partisan bill. It's striking that Republican leadership thinks the public will accept legislation that will make it harder for parents to provide for their families while also making it difficult to protect drinking water. We will do everything we can to stop this outrageous giveaway to corporate interests and call on Congress to reject this bill."

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Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress

Michael Kelly
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