Today, Rep. Earl Blumenauer submitted an amendment to the Continuing Resolution to realign agriculture funding and released the following statement:
“The Agriculture title in the Republican Continuing Resolution offers a set of backwards spending priorities that hurt middle and lower income Americans,” said Blumenauer. “Only 10 percent of Farm Bill spending goes towards safety, conservation and renewable energy, yet this is the only part of the Farm Bill being targeted by the Republicans. These programs support food safety, economic development and family and minority farmers. The idea that the hardworking Americans who depend on these programs ought to suffer while big corporations and agribusiness enjoy billions in government largesse is shameful.
“My amendment, which will cap wasteful taxpayer giveaways to agribusiness, is an important step towards real agricultural reform in this country,” Blumenauer continued. “There is no reason to continue excessive subsidies to corporate farming operations for growing commodities instead of real, healthy food.”
As part of reforming America's agricultural policy and rewarding farmers who grow food instead of commodities, Blumenauer, working closely with Representatives Jeff Flake and Ron Kind, supports amendment language that limit subsidy payments to entities who make more than $250,000 a year, strike conservation payments to farmers who lease their land to oil and gas companies, and restrict funding for the Brazil cotton program in which US taxpayers are paying Brazilian cotton farmers as a result of the distorted subsidies paid to US cotton farmers.
Instead of cutting wasteful subsidies to agricultural conglomerates that don’t need them, the new majority would rather: