Know Thy Legislator — Food Policy Action’s Scorecard Released

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Since 2012 Food Policy Action (FPA), has used the collective voice of food and nutrition thought leaders and their supporters to move national policies on food by holding members of congress accountable for their votes on food-related legislation.

November 4th is right around the corner with some high stakes elections that could change our Congress significantly. A recent poll commissioned by FPA showed that voters, and particularly swing voters, care deeply about food issues like nutrition assistance, food safety and farm subsidies, making FPA’s mission all the more important. From the study’s press release:

‘Clearly, the food that feeds our families is a high priority for all Americans,’ said Claire Benjamin, Managing Director of Food Policy Action. ‘The next step is helping voters connect the dots between food on their dinner tables and the decisions made in Washington. The best way to do this is through educating voters on the messages that resonates the most – the current state of nutrition assistance and food safety.’ ”

On October 16th, FPA released its comprehensive National Food Policy Scorecard that tracks lawmaker’s votes on a combination of six votes and support of eight bills in the Senate, and eighteen votes and support of twelve bills in the House (see links for the details). National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) reports that there were 35 legislators with scores of zero and 71 with perfect scores.

With only a couple of weeks left until voting day, aren’t you curious about your state’s Federal representation on food policy? Did your Representative pull a bagel like John Boehner (R-OH), or get the A++ like Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)? Did your Senator join Barbara Boxer (D-CA) at the head of the class, or Mitch McConnell (R-KY) with nary a point? Hop on over to FPA’s scorecard and learn a little more about what your federal tax dollars are funding.

GRAPHIC: via foodpolicyaction.org

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