ICYMI: GAO Report on Farm Subsidy Abuse

While the House was voting on a Farm Bill that expands loopholes for farm subsidies, GAO released a report highlighting just how much taxpayer-funded farm subsidies are at risk of being abused. The GAO
report highlights that in 2015:

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Support Amendment #14 to H.R. 2

Shortly, the House of Representatives will consider my amendment, #69 (Floor #14), to H.R. 2. My amendment will exempt National Forests in Alaska from the Roadless rule, which was promulgated in the final days of the Clinton Administration in 2001. The rule
specifically set aside 9.5 million acres of the Tongass National Forest from road development, effectively prohibiting access to mature timber stands.
The State of Alaska sued, and was granted a temporary exemption to Roadless in 2003. At that time, the Bush administration concluded that the social and economic hardships to Southeast Alaska outweigh the potential long-term ecological benefits because the
Tongass forest plan adequately provides for the ecological sustainability of the Tongass. That exemption was lifted in 2011 and is currently stuck in the courts.

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Oppose the Roskam Amendment to H.R.2

As Members of Congress representing U.S. territories, we urge you to oppose the Roskam amendment to H.R.2, the Farm Bill.  None of us were consulted on this amendment, which would only impact
our constituents. 

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Oppose Massie #30 Amendment to the Farm Bill

As a member of the House GOP Doctors Caucus, I write to bring to your attention the significant public health risks associated with the consumption of raw milk. As such, I urge you to join me in
opposing Massie Amendment #30 to the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2). The amendment is designed to allow the interstate sale of unpasteurized (raw) milk and milk products, removing existing regulations prohibiting their direct
sale.

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Protect SNAP Benefits for Veterans

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the most effective anti-hunger program in US history. SNAP has helped keep many of our veterans from going hungry when they return home from war. In my home state of Minnesota alone, about 16,000 of
our 320,000 veterans receive SNAP benefits. Across the country, close to 1.5 million veterans and 23,000 active-duty service members use SNAP to help put food on the table. In 2017 alone, about $55 million in SNAP purchases were completed at military commissaries.
 

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