A-Maize-ing Waste: Why Ethanol Subsidies Must Be Repealed

“I once was lost but now am found; Was blind, but now I see” the amazing waste in the ethanol subsidy program, admitted Vice President Al Gore. A November 27, 2010, Wall Street Journal article confirmed that the ethanol cheerleader and environmental eminence of the climate change movement had backtracked on his support for the program, saying it was a “mistake,” and that he only supported it because he had a “certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa” during his presidential run.


For Immediate Release

March 3, 2011
Contact:Leslie K. Paige (202) 467-5334

Luke Gelber (202) 467-5305


CAGW Issues Critical Waste Booklet

For Immediate Release

Contacts:  Leslie K. Paige (202) 467-5334
February 16, 2011


For Immediate Release

Contact:  Leslie K. Paige    202.467.5334
February 16, 2011

Rep. Flake’s Best Bad Earmark Pun of 2010: We Have a Winner!

For Immediate Release:
January 7, 2011
Contact: Leslie K. Paige 202-467-5334
MacMillin Slobodien 202.467.5305

The “Razorback Subsidy” is a Whole Different Kind of Disaster for Taxpayers

President Obama needs to pass a bill, but a powerful chairwoman of a Senate committee, who is in danger of not being reelected, adds a controversial and expensive provision that puts passage in jeopardy.  Conventional wisdom says that the White House cuts a deal.  And, unfortunately, that is exactly what happened at the end of July, when the White House told the Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark) that they would still help her obtain $1.5 billion in farm disaster aid if she promised to remove language funding the program from a small business bill.

Government Broadband is too Broad

When Congress passed and the President signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), or the stimulus bill, in February 2009, $7.2 billion was allocated to expand broadband in the United States.  Of that amount, $2.5 billion was slated to go to the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) for its Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP). This program supplements an existing RUS program aimed at underwriting broadband projects, the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program.  That program was established by Congress as part of the 2002 Farm Bill, and modified as part of the 2008 Farm Bill.  Its primary goal is to provide loans to help bring Internet broadband service to unserved rural communities, which are generally defined as communities with populations of less than 20,000.

Pork Alert: Senate Agriculture Appropriations

For Immediate Release
July 27, 2009

Contacts: Leslie K. Paige (202) 467-5334


Contact:Leslie Paige 202-467-5334

For Immediate Release
July 9, 2009
Contact: Leslie K. Paige (202) 467-5334


Stimulus Bill Raises Questions

As the current version of the stimulus bill awaits a Senate vote and President Obama’s signature, there are still plenty of questions and concerns about whether it will in fact stimulate the economy and create jobs.  As House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) states on his website, “We need a bill that creates jobs....” One would think that this would be the goal, except it’s not always the case with this stimulus package.


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CAGW Names Rep. Mike Conaway July 2018 Porker of the Month

Rep. Conaway is CAGW's Porker of the Month for his expensive and wasteful farm bill.