Members of Congress are calling on the President Obama to hold a conference on food and nutrition policy. On Monday, May 18th, the Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House heard testimony from several different anti-hunger organizations on H.R. 2297. If passed, the legislation would authorize the president to call a White House Conference on Food and Nutrition by December 31, 2009. The conference would be co-chaired by the Secretaries of Agriculture, Treasury, and Health and Human Services. The last time a conference on food and nutrition policy was held was in 1969, when President Richard Nixon brought the anti-hunger community together to discuss improvements for the federal food assistance programs.
Testifying at the hearing were:
To view a copy of the legislation, opening statements, and witness testimony, please see the links below.
H.R. 2297 - White House Conference on Food and Nutrition
Rep. Jim McGovern Opening Statement
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson Testimony
Robert Egger Testimony
Rev. David Beckmann Testimony
Nicole Robinson Testimony
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