CCAGW on Farm Bill: It’s a Dung Deal!

For Immediate Release Contact: Alexandra Booze 202-467-5318
January 28, 2014 Leslie K. Paige 202-467-5300


Farm Bill Reform: Waiting on Rain During a Drought

The 112th Congress made progress toward enacting a new Farm Bill, but eventually settled on a one-year extension.  In the 113th Congress, the House and Senate passed their own versions of the Farm Bill, but unfortunately for taxpayers, the bills are still rife with profligate subsidies and outdated programs.

Fraudsters Eating Your Lunch

In July, the New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) released an investigative report entitled, “Fraudulent School Lunch Program Applications Filed by Public Employees.”  The OSC discovered that 83 public employees, 26 individuals that were a spouse or partner of the public employee, and eight individuals that were another member of the employee’s family provided false information regarding their household income on applications for the school lunch program.  Even more disturbing, six elected school board members from Newark, Paterson, and Pleasantville were part of the scam.

Crony “Cropitalism”

Green Acres, a zany television sitcom that aired on CBS from 1965 to 1971, featured the antics of a former New York City attorney, Oliver Wendell Douglas (portrayed with stuffy effectiveness by Eddie Albert), and his ditzy, socialite wife, Lisa (played by the lovely Eva Gabor), who have invested their wealth into a dilapidated farmhouse and the equally dysfunctional farm on which it sits.  The highfalutin city dwellers have moved to rural Hooterville, a surreal community of country bumpkins where everyday rules of common sense just don’t seem to apply.  In fact, one episode featured a storyline in which the townfolk were convinced that they could receive tax refunds without ever having paid taxes:  to Oliver’s bewilderment, they did.

Bottom Feeders Take a Bite Out of the Farm Bill

On June 10, 2013 the Senate passed its version of the 2013 Farm Bill, which included a provision to create a new catfish inspection office at the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).  Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jean Shaheen (D-N.H.) sponsored an amendment that would have eliminated the program, but a vote was blocked by Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).


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