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AFP Applauds House Decision on Farm Bill Split; Urges Real Reform

July 11, 2013

Arlington, VA – Today Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest advocate for economic freedom, responded to news that the U.S. House of Representatives is considering separating the Farm and Food components of the Farm Bill, and considering each separately.

AFP President Tim Phillips said, “House Republicans deserve thanks for their efforts to split the Farm Bill into two pieces, allowing the food and farm elements to be evaluated on their own merits. That change has been long in coming, and is absolutely necessary for much needed Farm Bill reform.

“AFP recently opposed Farm Bill passage for its wasteful spending on a massive food stamp expansion, as well as for government subsidies and handouts to big farms. Government handouts of any kind are an inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars, and contrary to the principles of economic freedom.

“Even without food stamp spending, the proposed bill still costs taxpayers $195 billion for farm subsidies. Expenditures of this scale deserve proper scrutiny and a full amendment process. It would be hypocritical to oppose uncontrolled food stamp spending but support corporate welfare with no meaningful reforms. Splitting this bill is a good first step, but perpetuating the status quo is unacceptable.”

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