Sending Office: Honorable Earl Blumenauer
FARM SUBSIDIES: WHAT WE’VE LEARNED SINCE WE LAST CONSIDERED H.R. 2
As the House prepares to vote, once again, on a Farm Bill that expands loopholes for farm subsidies, Congress has learned much about the vast array of waste, fraud, and
abuse that plagues the Farm Bill’s farm subsidy programs. We’ve learned that:
- In May, on the same day that the House first voted on H.R. 2, GAO released a report highlighting that in 2015:
- The federal government made about $2.7 BILLION in payments, distributed among 95,417 subsidy recipients;
- The top 50 farming operations received an AVERAGE OF $884,000 Sin payments; and
- One farming operation even received $3.7 MILLION in farm subsidies.
- In early June, it was revealed that almost 28,000 people have received more than $19 BILLION in taxpayer-funded subsidy payments EVERY
YEAR FOR THE PAST 32 YEARS.
- Just today,
we have learned that 245 RECIPIENTS RESIDE IN THE NATION’S 50 LARGEST CITIES, NOT FARMS.
In summary, we’ve learned that billions of taxpayer dollars are being abused by wealthy individuals living in cities and not even working on farms.
THE FARM BILL ALLOWS THE WEALTHY TO FARM THE TAXPAYER, NOT THE FIELDS.
H.R. 2 would only make this problem worse by weakening limits on subsidies that were added in the 2014 Farm Bill. Several members introduced bipartisan amendments to reverse these changes and strengthen limits, but none were allowed any debate on
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