Congresswoman Barbara Lee, flanked by clergy leadersonMonday, defended the food stamp program against proposed congressional cuts. Front Row: Congresswoman Barbara Lee; Back row, from left to right: Pastor Lucy Kolin, Resurrection Lutheran Church; Suzan Bateson, Executive Director, Alameda County Community Food Bank; Rev. Joe Smith, Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. Harold R. Mayberry, First African Methodist Church in Oakland; Pastor Jeremiah Captain, Galatians Missionary Baptist Chuch; Pastor Charley Hames, Beebe Memorial Cathedral; Pastor Zachary Carey, True Vine Ministries and Pastor Mark Smith, Brookins AME.Lee on Thursday celebrated the defeat of the House of Representives bill that would have cut $20 billion for food subsidies for the poor. “Defeating the .. bill today is an incredible victory for the nation’s poor and vulnerable. The president’s veto threat went a long way in garnering support for the defeat of this bill,” she said.