FreedomWorks Urges Congress to Reject Farm Subsidy Increases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a diverse group of taxpayers and farmers urged Congress to reject attempts to increase reference prices for covered commodity crops as Congress debates the farm bill. On May 1st, the coalition sent letters to the Chair and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees opposing increases in reference prices. Marty Irby, FreedomWorks Chief Operating Officer, commented:

“FreedomWorks stands firmly against increasing subsidies and spending federal tax dollars that we don’t have just to line the pockets of multi-millionaires who are beholden to multinational conglomerates like the Chinese-owned Smithfield and Brazil-based JBS. Increasing PLC reference prices does little to help the family farmers who are barely making ends meet and Congress should reject this costly proposal that would add to the national debt.”

The organizations comprising of the coalition include National Taxpayers Union, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Taxpayers for Common Sense, R Street, EWG, Rural Coalition, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and Farm Action.