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June 5, 2012

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Take Action:
Farm Bill Moving in Senate

State Budget: Protect Health and Human Services
State Budget: Protect Child Care Meal Funding
Farm Bill Moving in Senate: Urge Your Senator to Protect SNAP and Restore Cuts!

This week, the Senate is expected to begin consideration of the Farm Bill and debate the bill passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee. This proposal includes a $4.5 billion cut to SNAP by reducing state's ability to take part in the "Heat and Eat" program. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has announced that she will introduce an amendment to the Farm Bill that restores this cut to SNAP.

Contact Senator Boxer and Feinstein TODAY and urge them to demonstrate their support for SNAP by co-sponsoring the Gillibrand SNAP amendment. Learn more. link

Questions? Contact Matt Sharp at 213.482.8200 or
 Alexis Fernández at 510.433.1122 x111


State Budget: Protect Health and Human Services

With the state budget deadline of June 15 quickly approaching now is the time to demand that California's legislative leaders stand firm for vital health and human services in the state budget. The Health and Human Services Network of California has organized a Day of Action in Sacramento and "Twittership" on Thursday, June 7.

Take a look at the Health and Human Services Network of California's webpage for more info. link


Highlight State Budget: Take Action TODAY to Protect Child Care Meal Reimbursement

Within larger state budget discussions members of the state legislature are making final decisions regarding the proposed elimination of the state meal reimbursement for non-public child care center and agencies that participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

We are feeling hopeful that members of the Assembly have heard our call to protect these state meal reimbursement funds and we’re now ramping up efforts to focus on members of the Senate. Support from Senator Steinberg, Senator Leno, Senator Liu and Senator Padilla, among others, would help in furthering these efforts. There is speculation that these decisions will be made in the next 24-48 hours.

Take Action Immediately!
In addition to calling your local Senator, please call Senator Steinberg, Senator Leno, Senator Liu and Senator Padilla TODAY and let them know that:

“The proposed cut to the state meal reimbursement for most non-public child care centers and agencies would severely impact the quality of child care in California. Please oppose these cuts and preserve child care agencies’ ability to provide nutritious meals and snacks to low-income children across California.”

Learn More About the Proposed $10.4 Million Cut
Analysis of Child Care Budget Cuts. link
Torlakson Rejects Proposed Child Care Budget Cuts. link

Find your Senator. link

Office of Senator Steinberg,
President Pro Tempore, 916. 651.4006
Office of Senator Leno,
Chair Senate Budget Committee, 916.651.4003
Office of Senator Liu,
Chair Senate Human Services Committee, 916.651.4020
Office of Senator Padilla,
Chair, Latino Caucus, 916.651.4020

Questions? Contact Elyse Homel-Vitale at 619.501.8248

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