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Senate Key Vote: Vote NO on the 2013 Farm Bill (S. 954)

Jun 6, 2013 by AFP

Dear Senators:

On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I urge you to oppose Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 (S. 954). This is a trillion dollar boondoggle that fails to make any meaningful changes to food and farm programs, and it remains in need of reform.

I urge you to vote NO on S.954, the Senate’s version of the Farm Bill. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

Falsely celebrated as a spending cut, the 2013 Farm Bill is a bigger and more bloated than its predecessors. This legislation will cost $955 billion over the next decade, and it pushes 64 percent of the savings to the out-years, when they will never be realized.

This legislation includes no significant reforms to farm programs, which remain handouts for agri-business interests at the expense of the American taxpayer. Although the bill eliminates the direct payment program, it replaces it with a revenue-guarantee program that will cost even more. The bill also 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.

In addition, the legislation disappoints on its changes to food stamp programs, which account for 80 percent of the total spending. The $400 million cut proposed in the bill is negligible when compared to the total amount of spending on this title. The legislation adds zero 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 S.954, the Senate’s 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