Christine Harbin, a policy analyst at Americans for Prosperity, wrote recently: “Policymakers talk about the Farm Bill like it’s about farms. But it’s not. The Farm Bill is a giant welfare bill. Eighty percent goes toward food stamp and nutrition programs, and the rest is corporate welfare for the agribusiness industry.”
She pointed out that in the 1970’s only one in 50 Americans received food stamps, while today it is one in seven.
Eligibility requirements have been eased, and those who run the program have no incentive to keep people off.
They will get bigger offices, staffs and funding if even more people get food stamps.
And, actually people are not given stamps anymore but something similar to a credit card.
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WASHINGTON – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday to eliminate a little-known “Cadillac” crop insurance subsidy that costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year and is used mostly by large corporate farmers.
The Harvest Price Subsidy Reduction Act would end taxpayer support for harvest price option insurance plans. The measure is supported by a wide range of taxpayer watchdog groups and would save $19 billion over 10 years.
Mr. Speaker, last week the 1,200 page farm bill was defeated. I'm told that the Senate's immigration bill is now 1,922 pages.
The previous Speaker of this body, the gentle lady from California (Ms. Pelosi), famously said that we would have to pass the very misnamed Affordable Care Act, we would have to pass it before we could figure out or find out what was in it.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) today joined with United States Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to introduce the Crop Insurance Subsidy Reduction Act (H.R. 943), which would significantly reduce the amount of taxpayer dollars used to subsidize crop insurance.
H.R. 943 returns federal crop insurance premium subsidies to their pre-Agriculture Risk Protection Act (ARPA) levels. ARPA was passed in 2000 and raised the taxpayer portion of crop insurance premiums to 62% from 37%.
Washington, DC -- Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) announced the funding of two agricultural research projects at the University of Tennessee on Thursday totaling $2 million.
$1 million in federal funding has been awarded for Bioenergy Plant Production and Carbon Sequestration research. This project will allow UT researchers to continue their efforts to understand and improve the sequestration of carbon in plants, particularly energy crops developed as feedstock for biofuel production.
Washington, DC -- Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. gave the following speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on September 24, 2009:
Over the last few days, thanks to Sean Hannity, millions of people have seen or heard about the plight of farmers and farm workers in central California.
In some areas, over 40% are unemployed, and many thousands are having to stand in food lines so their family can have something to eat.
Washington, DC -- Mr. Speaker, when a family is deeply head-over-heels in debt, they don't go out and borrow even more so they can double or triple spending, even if it would help the economy. And that is exactly the situation our government is in in regard to the so-called stimulus package, which we will take up again next week.