Agriculture

Food Stamp Expansion and Fraud

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as food stamps, has grown dramatically under President Obama’s administration. At the start of his term, in January 2009, there were approximately 32 million Americans receiving federal assistance from SNAP, costing more than $3.6 billion per month.

Another Failing Federal Loan Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Electrification Administration (REA) program began during the New Deal Era of the 1930’s. The program’s primary goal was to promote rural electrification to farmers and residents in out of the way communities where, due to the high cost borne by utility providers, such investments were not considered feasible. By 1981, 98.7 percent of these homes and businesses received electricity and 95 percent received telephone service. Rather than declaring victory and closing its doors, REA was transformed into the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), which expanded to provide loans for broadband communications to underserved areas of the country. Through the RUS program, the USDA acts as a credit agency that assists rural electric and telecommunications utilities obtaining financing, as well as administers nationwide water and waste loan and grant programs that are intended to improve the quality of life and promote economic development in rural America.

Dismantle the USDA’s Milk Marketing Order System

Reports on the progress of Congress’s Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction in its quest to identify $1.2 trillion in savings by November 23, 2011 are decidedly mixed. An open hearing on October 26 yielded some hand-wringing, but little in the way of new information about the final outcome. An October 27, 2011 article in The Hill hints that the committee may be deadlocked.

CCAGW Fuming Over FHA Loan Limit Increase


For Immediate Release

Contact:  Leslie Paige  202.467.5334
November 15, 2011

Draft Dairy Reforms Would Hurt Consumers, Add Bureaucracy and Increase Taxes

Draft legislation by House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) proposes new dairy programs that will cost thousands of jobs and increase the price of milk and other dairy products. With high unemployment levels and families struggling to make ends meet, this is not what the nation needs.

Agriculture Bill Still Fertilized with Earmarks

For Immediate Release:
July 12, 2011
Contact:: Leslie K. Paige (202) 467-5334
Luke Gelber (202) 467-5318

 

Agriculture Bill Well-Fertilized with Earmarks

For Immediate Release:
June 30, 2011
Contact:Leslie K. Paige (202) 467-5334
Luke Gelbe (202) 467-5318

 

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