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Arlington, VA – Americans for Prosperity today announced it will score H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, on its congressional scorecard and is urging House lawmakers to vote “No”. In a letter sent to lawmakers Thursday, AFP called on members to stop Washington’s extreme overspending by rejecting the blatant cronyism and wasteful spending in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Americans for Prosperity Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner issued the following statement:
“The 2018 Farm Bill is a missed opportunity for lawmakers to tackle some of the egregious spending that has become an unfortunate area of bipartisan compromise in Washington. It’s disappointing to see such a lack of fiscal restraint from Congress on the heels of the $1.3 trillion omnibus passed in March. We are urging members to take a stand for taxpayers by opposing this legislation that remains littered with corporate welfare and programs that put big agribusiness ahead of the overall well-being of the industry and the hardworking men and women who are the backbone of American agriculture.”
On Monday, AFP backed 13 amendments to H.R. 2 that would help modernize the agricultural safety net, minimize taxpayer risk and reduce wasteful spending. AFP key voted in support of the 3 amendments on that list that made it to the floor, but the legislation remains a missed opportunity for responsible and comprehensive reforms to the historically massive spending bill.
Last week, Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Congress detailing the organizations’ opposition to H.R. 2, which was passed out of committee and is awaiting a vote from the full chamber.
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Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 36 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.AmericansForProsperity.org