Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Farm Bill - #4032 - Conservative Groups Rallying Against House Farm Bill - Townhall (2) A Welfare Bill in Disguise - Americans for Prosperity

PLEASE CALL YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE REGARDING THIS BILL. IN VIRGINIA 5TH DISTRICT, CALL ROBERT HURT, 202-225-4711.
Eleven of the most prominent organizations in the conservative movement have signed on to a letter of opposition to the House Farm Bill Draft. These groups include Heritage Action for America, FreedomWorks, and Americans for Prosperity. The House version of the farm bill bears an unfortunate resemblance to the Senate version of the Farm Bill. The opposition letter reads in part: On behalf of the millions of members represented by our organizations, we write to express concerns with, and opposition to the draft Farm Bill (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act or FARRM) released by the House Agriculture Committee. With the booming farm economy and near record commodity prices, now is the time to rein in the wasteful agriculture subsidy programs of the past. Instead, the draft bill creates new entitlement programs, reinforces wasteful crop insurance subsidies, retains and expands market distorting counter-cyclical target prices, and fails to reform and reduce Washington’s outsized and outdated role in American agriculture.  Read more..........  House Contact List....... Article contributed by Steve Peters.


A Welfare Bill in Disguise! - Americans for Prosperity - AFP activists sent 16,000 letters urging the Senate to reject a trillion-dollar Farm Bill, but the Senate passed it anyways. Now the House has a chance to stop this bloated spending package, and they need to hear from activists like you. Under this package, the agriculture industry receives a cornucopia of subsidies paid for with your tax dollars: subsidies for crop insurance and agricultural R and D along with several programs to prop up crop prices. Surprisingly, that isn’t even the worst part of the Farm Bill that Congress writes every five years. Consider this. The Senate’s version would spend $969 billion over the next decade, but about $770 billion of it would go toward one program: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. When 80% of a bill’s spending goes towards food stamps, that’s not a Farm Bill; that’s a Welfare Bill.   Read more..........

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