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House Proceeding 07-20-09 on Jul 20th, 2009 :: 1:25:25 to 1:30:35
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James P. McGovern

1:25:24 to 1:25:44( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: outstanding leader in this congress, the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern. the speaker pr mr. scott: i yield to the gentleman six minutes. mr. mcgovern: i thank the gentleman from georgia for yielding the time and kind words and i thank steny hoyer and chairman peterson tore

James P. McGovern

1:25:25 to 1:30:35( Edit History Discussion )
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James P. McGovern

1:25:45 to 1:26:07( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: scheduling this bipartisan resolution for consideration today. mr. speaker, this resolution honors the usda's food and nutrition service for 40 years of figing hunger in the united states. there are more than 36 million food insecure or hungry people living in america. the food and nutrition service or f.n.s. is a lifeline for the

James P. McGovern

1:26:08 to 1:26:28( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: hungry in our country. the mission is to provide children and needy families better access to food and a more healthful diet through food assistance programs and comprehensive nutrition and education efforts. f.n.s. does this by administering the food stamp program and child new tration programs that include the school

James P. McGovern

1:26:29 to 1:26:49( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: and summer meal programs. without these programs and without the dedicated staff at f.n.s., millions of people in this country will be facing hunger and malnutrition. their work and dedication should be commended and i am pleased to be the lead sponsor of this resolution honoring the 40th anniversary of the food and

James P. McGovern

1:26:50 to 1:27:10( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: nutrition service. and i'm pleased that my good friend and colleague, the gentlelady from missouri, ms. emerson is a co-sponsor of this resolution. unfortunately, my good friend cannot be here, but sh strong supporter of f.n.s. and i ask unanimous consent to insert her statement into the record following my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without

James P. McGovern

1:27:11 to 1:27:31( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: objection. mr. mcgovern: we have seen a major expansion in our nation's anti-hunger program. nap has been expanded twice, first in the farm bill which expanded the eligibility and purchasing power and second in the recovery act where the snap program benefits were ack sell

James P. McGovern

1:27:32 to 1:27:53( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: rated to -- accelerated to help famies. this year, we expect to see the re-authorization of the child new tration programs, w.i.c., the school child care, after school and summer meal programs and f.n.s. is in the forefront of these programs. i'm pleased with the work they have done for the past 0 years,

James P. McGovern

1:27:54 to 1:28:15( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: but this is also an opportunity to look to the future and i'm encouraged by the new administration and leadership and secretary vilsack. they are exploring ways to destroy hunger and i am pleased that usda and f.n.s. has

James P. McGovern

1:28:16 to 1:28:36( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: implemented the anti--hunger programs authorized in the farm bill and recovery act, i'm very concerned there hasn't been more done on president obama's pledge to end childhood hunger by 25. i encourage the secretary to use this 40th anniversary

James P. McGovern

1:28:37 to 1:28:57( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: recognition to rededicate usda not only to end child hunger in the united states but to start working with members with congress to improve the federal anti-hunger programs. there should be a working group consisting not only of members of congressional leaders to

James P. McGovern

1:28:58 to 1:29:19( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: brainstorm ways that congress and the administration can work together to combat hunger in our country. we need to show the goal of ending hunger by 2015 is something this administration is committed to achieving. i encourage to look into using regulatory authority to make it easier for eligible families and

James P. McGovern

1:29:20 to 1:29:41( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: individuals to sign up or be recertified for snap and other federal anti-hunger programs. in massachusetts, we are seeg backlogs of new applications that last upwards of several weeks between submission application and approval or denial of that application. the issue is increasing number of people who are becoming -- the issue is the increasing

James P. McGovern

1:29:42 to 1:30:02( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: number of people who are becoming eligible for snap at the same time that the snap participate pants need to be recertified in order to continue participating in the program. there is a backlog for state administrators that result in denial of food to hungry people.

James P. McGovern

1:30:03 to 1:30:24( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: . finally, i encourage the white house to bring together our nation's leaders and stake holders. we need to put into place a strategy, a comprehensive strategy to end all hunger in this country, and we need to do so while improving the availability of nutritious food. that will take presidential leadership, and i hope president obama will convene

James P. McGovern

1:30:25 to 1:30:35( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: this conference soon. mr. speaker, i congratulate f.n.s. on 40 years of great work. peterson for his willingness to move this resolution through the process quickly, and

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