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Key Vote

    FreedomWorks Key Vote NO on the Farm Bill Conference Report in the Senate

    02/03/2014

    As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your senators and ask that they vote NO on cloture for the Farm Bill conference report, H.R. 2462.  This final agreement reached between the House and Senate actually manages to be worse than the bills passed by each chamber separately, and does nothing to contain the hundreds of billions in spending on corporate welfare for farm corporations and an out-of-control food stamp program.

    After spending several months germinating in a conference committee, the Farm Bill that has suddenly sprouted in Congress is a nearly $1 trillion debacle that renews nearly every bit of the original bill’s market-distorting crop insurance subsidies and price supports for five years. 

    In addition, Senate Republicans who vote for this bill are conceding the defeat of the one good accomplishment of last year’s contentious Farm Bill negotiations – the separation of food stamps from the main agricultural portion of the bill. Allowing food stamps to continue to be used like a giant earmark to attract the votes of urban members of Congress guarantees that the program will see no significant reforms, even as it spends over $700 billion in the next ten years. 

    A trillion dollars of corporate welfare and food stamps – and the bill will certainly exceed its spending estimates, as its predecessors have. Instead of kicking this can down the road another five unaffordable years, those who truly care about limiting government should put a stop to the Farm Bill now and insist upon actual reforms.

    For these reasons, I urge you to call your senators and ask them to vote NO on cloture for the Farm Bill conference report. We will count their vote as a KEY VOTE when calculating FreedomWorks’ Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2014. The Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of Congress who consistently vote to support economic freedom.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Kibbe

    President and CEO 

    FreedomWorks

    1 comments
    John McKeating
    02/05/2014

    Good Morning. I just read your piece on Fox News this morning, "Barack Obama -- the man who would be America's king." There was no comment area available there, so I have sought you out to extend a handshake. Very well said. I am a moderate Republican. Your commentary describes clearly and succinctly why I fear Mr. Obama and look forward to the end of his term. I believe him to be one of the worst President's in American history. I believe this country will be OK despite the damage he has done and the divisive political tone his administration has taken. But we will be much better off when he is just an entertainment figure. This arrogant young man is in for a rude awakening when the power and prestige of the Presidency is behind him, and none but his most ardent worshipers heed his calls for division and strife. Thanks again for a well written and cogent piece.

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