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 **Read the urgent message from APA-Texas Chapter President Doug McDonald**

It's that time of year again when Congress takes a break from legislating and heads home to meet with constituents. Known as August Recess, this is an important time for planning advocates like you to make your voice heard on issues a top APA's policy agenda. Here is where the Farm Bill comes in.  

Fifty-six members of Congress are gearing up to take the Farm Bill to conference committee early next month. Simply put, the Senate's bill is better for planning. It advances important planning and local-food initiatives, expands access to healthy food, and builds on communities' efforts to improve rural economies. The House's bill does not. Planners who explain now to elected officials why the Senate bill is better for planning may influence the eventual legislative outcome.

The Challenge: Call your member of Congress! APA's goal is 100 calls during the month of August and our policy team is tracking the number. When you've called your representative's office, please inform APA Public Affairs Manager Emily Pasi at epasi@planning.org. Conference Committee Members from Texas include:

  • Mike Conaway - TX District 11 (Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Lamesa, Granbury, Brownwood)
  • Jodey Arrington - TX District 9 (Lubbock, Abilene, Sweetwater, Big Spring)
  • Jeb Hensarling - TX District 5 (SE Dallas County, Mesquite, Palestine)
  • Eddie Bernice Johnson - TX District 30 (Dallas, Desoto, Cedar Hill)
  • Filemon Vela - TX District 34 (Brownsville, Corpus Christi)

If you are a constituent of one of the committee members mentioned above, it is especially important for you to call your member of Congress!

Farm Bill Resources

Prep for your calls to elected officials using our call script. But remember to add some local flavor. Hill staffers say local stories make a difference. Plus, they shore up your credibility as a constituent and planning expert.

The recording of this week's Farm Bill Issue Briefing is now available for Network members here.