Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Farm Bill - #3970 - 78% of the $995B Farm Bill is Dedicated to Food Stamps - Washington Examiner (2) Sen. Rand Paul Proposes Bill Protecting Americans from Drone Surveillance - The Hill

OUR SENATORS NEED TO HEAR FROM US ON THIS BILL - Jim Webb - 202-224-4024, Mark Warner - 202-224-2023.   UPDATE:  I have called both VA. Senators, neither will state an official position on the bill, Warner's office said they are getting calls from both sides, PLEASE CALL!!
The Senate Farm Bill should be renamed the Food Stamp bill. A document released by the Congressional Research Center, shows that a staggering 78 percent of the $995 billion of the bill's budget authority over 10 years is dedicated to food stamps and nutrition program spending. Only about $223 billion, 22 percent of the bill actually funds agriculture programs such as crop insurance, farm commodity supports, and conservation programs. Sen. Jim Demint denounced the cost of the bill yesterday on the Senate floor, adding that since 2000, food stamp spending has increased 400 percent. "If the leader decides to limit the debate, limit the amendments, I will absolutely oppose this bill and do everything we can to stop it," he said.  To see larger image of chart.........  Senate Contact Information.......

Sen. Rand Paul Proposes Bill Protecting Americans from Drone Surveillance - The Hill Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday introduced the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, which would require the government to get a warrant before using aerial drones to surveil U.S. citizens. More broadly, Paul's bill is aimed at preventing "unwarranted governmental intrusion" through the use of drones, according to the lawmaker. "Like other tools used to collect information in law enforcement, in order to use drones a warrant needs to be issued," Paul said Tuesday. "Americans going about their everyday lives should not be treated like criminals or terrorists and have their rights infringed upon by military tactics."The bill, S. 3287, would require the government to obtain a warrant to use drones with the exception of patroling national borders, when drones are needed to prevent "imminent danger to life" or when there are risks of a terrorist attack.  Read more......

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