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Farm Bill: Good for Politicians and Lobbyists – Bad for America
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Farm Bill: Good for Politicians and Lobbyists – Bad for America

Democracy and Power 113: Vote Trading“I’ll vote for your legislation, if you’ll vote for mine.” This is never said in public, but occurs constantly. Regularly, our leadership requests legislation, and a politician agrees to the request if our leadership includes his project. Politicians trade votes for their respective benefit, which is seldom for the benefit of most Americans.

06/06/2013
Key Vote YES on Separating Food Stamps from the Farm Bill
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Key Vote YES on Separating Food Stamps from the Farm Bill

Dear FreedomWorks Member,As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your U.S. Senators and ask them to vote YES on Senator Ron Johnson’s Motion to Recommit on the Farm Bill, S. 954.  This motion would separate food stamps from the rest of the bill.

06/04/2013
FreedomWorks Capitol Hill Update, 3 June, 2013
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FreedomWorks Capitol Hill Update, 3 June, 2013

Capitol Hill Update: June 3rd, 2013

06/04/2013
Shallow Loss: Another Entitlement Program
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Shallow Loss: Another Entitlement Program

If you don’t support the Farm Bill, then you must hate farmers or food stamp recipients, right?  Actually, this is not the case, at all; in reality, if you do not support the Farm Bill, you are one of the Americans who are able to spot a waste of taxpayer money when he or she sees it.  The shallow loss program in this year’s Farm Bill is hardly a better alternative to the previous direct payment plan.  Under the shallow loss program, if farming profits fall below 90% of the previous five year’s average, taxpayers will be responsible for covering the difference.  Currentl

05/31/2013
“Farm” Bill, Really?
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“Farm” Bill, Really?

On June 3rd, the Senate will resume deliberations on the nearly $1 trillion dollar “Farm” bill. However, the majority of the “farm” bill does not actually deal with agriculture or farms.  In fact, food and nutrition assistance programs (food stamps) such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) comprise roughly 80% of the farm bill, costing tens of billions of dollars.

05/31/2013
Putting the Reins on Regulatory Authority
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Putting the Reins on Regulatory Authority

Over the past decade or so, there has been significant growth in the powers delegated to the unelected heads of regulatory agencies, colloquially known as “czars.” At last count, the Obama Administration has amassed 45 of these positions, more than any of his predecessors and all without the accountability of elected office.

05/23/2013
Harvesting Reforms from the Farm Bill: The Senate Amendments
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Harvesting Reforms from the Farm Bill: The Senate Amendments

The Senate is considering the Farm Bill this week, a nearly-trillion-dollar bundle of corporate welfare, wasteful spending, and food stamps.  FreedomWorks has issued a Key Vote NO against this bill.However, there are a number of amendments that are being offered to the Farm Bill that would achieve significant, measurable reforms.FreedomWorks encourages Senators to vote YES on all of the following amendments. Any of these amendments (or those similar) that come up for a vote may be scored on FreedomWorks' scorecard for 2013.

05/23/2013
Key Vote YES on Sugar Program Reform Amendment to S. 954
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Key Vote YES on Sugar Program Reform Amendment to S. 954

Dear FreedomWorks member,As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to vote YES on the Toomey-Shaheen sugar program reform amendment (#925) to the Farm Bill, S. 954. The special treatment of the sugar industry in the farm bill is among the most egregious examples of corporate welfare anywhere in the federal code.  

05/22/2013
Key Vote NO on the Senate "Farm Bill"
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Key Vote NO on the Senate "Farm Bill"

Dear FreedomWorks member,As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to vote NO on the Senate’s version of the Farm Bill, S. 954. While it is entitled the “Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013”, this bill is a bloated microcosm of everything that is wrong with the federal government, containing corporate welfare, direct welfare, government subsidies and carve-outs for favored industries, and a brand new entitlement program to boot.

05/21/2013
Capitol Hill Update, 20 May, 2013
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Capitol Hill Update, 20 May, 2013

Capitol Hill Update, 20 May, 2013House & Senate/Schedule: Both chambers are in session this week, and will then be out of town next week for Memorial Day.  After the break, the House and Senate will both return to town on June 3rd for a grueling four-week stretch.

05/20/2013

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