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House Key Vote Alert: Vote NO on the 2013 Farm Bill

Jun 13, 2013 by AFP

Dear Representatives:

On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I urge you to oppose Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (H.R. 1947). This is a trillion dollar boondoggle that fails to make any meaningful changes to food and farm programs. Members should go back to the drawing board and develop an agriculture policy that based on free market principles, not handouts for special interests at the expense of the American taxpayer.

I urge you to vote NO on H.R. 1947, the House version of the Farm Bill. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

Falsely celebrated as a spending cut, this legislation is bigger and more bloated than the Farm Bills that came before it. This legislation will cost $940 billion over the next decade, and it pushes 60 percent of the savings to the out-years, when they will never be realized.

Like the recent Senate-passed version, this legislation fails to reform farm programs, which remain broken and antiquated. Although the bill eliminates the direct payment program, it replaces it with a revenue-guarantee program that will cost even more. The bill also greatly expands crop insurance premium subsidies, which have neither transparency nor taxpayer protections. The bill also shields commodity programs and international trade policy from badly-needed reforms.

The legislation also disappoints on its changes to food stamp programs, which account for 80 percent of the total spending. Cutting $20 billion over the next decade is negligible, considering the bill calls for $740 billion in food stamp spending during that period. The legislation adds no real taxpayer protections to this program, which has doubled in size since 2008. Most of the proposed changes have more to do with making a political statement and micro-managing people’s purchases than reining in spending.

I urge you to vote NO on H.R. 1947, the House version of the Farm Bill. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

Visit our scorecard online: www.afpscorecard.org

Sincerely,

James Valvo

Director of Policy

Americans for Prosperity