Rep. David Brat

Rep. David Brat

Party: Republican

District: (VA-7)

8% Lifetime Vote Score

2018 Farm Bill
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The Farm Bill is reauthorized by Congress once every five years and has a sweeping impact on America’s health, our economy, and our natural resources. The House Farm Bill would drastically cut healthy, nutritious food for hungry people, provide more subsidies to billionaire agribusinesses, cut critical conservation programs, hurt local food and farm economies, and loosen food safety rules. Passed with the support of Republican members only, not a single Democrat voted for the bill. Our food should not be a partisan issue.
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Year Bill Number Bill Name Vote
2018 H.R. 2 2018 House Farm Bill -- Final Vote (H.R. 2)
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  • The Farm Bill should really be called the Food Bill because it touches everything on our tables; from the food we eat and how it is grown, to the drinking water we hope is clean. Reauthorized by Congress once every five years, the Farm Bill has a sweeping impact on America’s health, our economy, and our natural resources. Its twelve sections (known as “titles”) cover nutrition assistance programs, forestry, support for major commodity crops, and much more.
  • The Union of Concerned Scientists outlines some ways that the Farm Bill matters for everyone in the food system, not just farmers, and their priorities for the 2018 renewal:
  • The Farm Bill Law Enterprise project, a consortium of graduate programs in law, public health, and policy from across the country, offers a comprehensive history of the Farm Bill, an overview of the legislative process, and dives into each of the titles.
  • The Farm Bill Law Enterprise project also undertook a year-long process to identify viable steps for improvement in the 2018 Farm Bill. You can read more on each major issue area in their recent reports.

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  • The House Farm Bill drastically cut food assistance to hungry people, including children under 6. Why did you vote to prevent healthy, nutritious food from reaching our most vulnerable?
  • The House Farm Bill adds additional work requirements for SNAP even though the majority of people who can work already do. Why did you vote for these requirements instead of working for a better solution?
  • I worry that our entire food system is geared toward profit for big companies instead of toward our health and our kids’ health. I think that’s wrong. The 2018 Farm Bill gave even more subsidies to billionaire agribusinesses. Why did you vote for it? Do you take corporate PAC money from Big Agribusinesses?
  • Too many Americans can’t afford healthy food. A tomato shouldn’t cost more than a package of cookies. How can we change our food system to make healthy food affordable and protect our kids from obesity and diabetes?

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Feeding Hungry People
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No one should suffer from hunger or the constant worry about how to feed their children. Food assistance programs are a crucial investment for the most vulnerable and are an investment in the long-term health and prosperity of our country. Too often, decisions are made in Congress on a partisan basis as to who gets access to healthy affordable food and who doesn't.
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Preventing Hunger Around the World

International food aid is a long-term investment in economic stability. By helping to grow agricultural sectors around the world, we help people feed themselves. Food shortages and hunger cause instability and the U.S. can provide leadership in stabilizing food insecure nations. This is not only the right thing to do, it is an important component of national security and immigration issues.
Year Bill Number Bill Name Vote
2016 s1252 U.S. Leadership in Ending Global Hunger (S. 1252)
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  • Hungry kids in the U.S. can’t concentrate enough to do well in school, and it is no different in other countries. Why did you vote to end the McGovern-Dole grants to feed school children abroad? (H. Amdt. 444 to H.R. 2112)
  • International food aid for severe hunger helps stabilize volatile countries. Why did you vote to cut Food for Peace grants for severe hunger? (H. Amdt. 443 to H.R. 2112)

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Ensuring Healthy Soil & Clean Water
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A healthy food system starts with healthy soil and clean water--the core elements that go into how our food is grown, the water we drink, and what is served on our plates. What farmers put into the soil runs off through the rain and affects the health of our lakes and oceans, which affects wildlife and fish. This process connects us all regardless of party affiliation.
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Healthy Soil: the Root of Good Food

Healthy food must have healthy soil to grow in. Conservation programs provide incentives for farmers to preserve and augment the soil so that farm and grazing lands can sustain productivity now and for future generations.
Year Bill Number Bill Name Vote
2015 H.R. 2822 Promote Public Grazing Land Stewardship (H. Amdt. 570 to H.R. 2822)
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  • Conservation programs pay farmers for sustainable practices that build and protect healthy soil, which is a sound investment in healthy food and our economy. Why did you vote to cut conservation funding? (H.R. 6233)

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Clean Water: Is it Safe to Drink?

Every American deserves clean drinking water. Period. Pesticides, fertilizer, and manure runoff from large-scale agribusiness are responsible for polluting drinking water sources that serve millions of Americans, including hundreds of thousands of miles of rivers and streams and over a million acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds. Farms are largely exempt from federal laws to clean up water pollution.
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  • The blue-green algae that closes our lakes every summer comes from farm runoff into the water. This algae creates toxins that poison the water. Why did you vote against managing farm runoff and cyanotoxins in the Safe Drinking Water Act? (H.R. 212)
  • I checked opensecrets.org to learn about your campaign contributions. You have taken $X from [pesticide manufacturers]. And you voted for there to be fewer bodies of water protected by the Clean Water Act. Why? (H.R. 1732, H.R. 5078)

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Healthy Fisheries

We should protect federal policies for management of fish stocks to help ensure that healthy, sustainable freshwater and ocean fisheries will continue to be a thriving part of our country’s food system and economy.
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  • Sound fishing practices matter both now and in the long-term health of our ecosystem. You voted for lower environmental standards for our long-term fish stocks. Why? (H. Amdt. 262 to H.R. 1335)

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Knowing What's In Our Food
8%
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What we eat should be safe and free of contaminants. Dangerous food-borne bacteria or pesticides can cause life-threatening illnesses and have long-term health effects. Clear, transparent food labeling that shows exactly what is in our food is critical in order to make informed choices for ourselves and our families. Keeping our food safe should not be a partisan issue.
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Food Safety

Our federal government has a critical role in oversight and enforcement to help ensure our food supply is safe from life-threatening contaminants like salmonella and E. coli.
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  • It seems like there is a story in the news every couple of weeks about people becoming deathly sick from things like lettuce being close to sewage runoff. Can you tell us why you voted against more funding for the FDA to protect us from E. coli contamination?
  • It seems as though there are more and more food safety recalls. Why did you vote against more funding for food safety inspections?

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Harmful Pesticides

Our agricultural system uses increasing amounts of chemicals to kill weeds, insects, and fungi. The federal government needs to monitor the pesticides sprayed on our water and land in order to trace the source of problems that make people sick.
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  • Environmental Working Group: the twelve most pesticide-infested produce items. Regulation is vital to ensure you and your family are kept safe from unnecessary pesticide exposure.
  • Toxics Action Center: pesticides affect vulnerable people from farmworkers to children; a conglomeration of companies controls the power to make health decisions for the American public.

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  • I checked opensecrets.org to learn about your campaign contributions. You have taken $X from [ pesticide manufacturer.] And I see that you voted against requiring permits for the most dangerous chemicals under the Clean Water Act. Can you tell us why you voted this way? (H. Amdt. 118 to H.R. 953)
  • I can’t afford to shop at an expensive organic grocery store and I worry a lot about how to feed my kids foods that aren’t pumped full of fertilizers, pesticides, and antibiotics. I don’t think it’s good for them or good for the land. And now I need to worry about our water, too. You voted against requiring permits under the Clean Water Act for large farms to spray pesticides on or near water. Why did you do that? (H.R. 897)
  • You voted against requiring permits for any pesticide or chemical that might poison a fishery. Why did you vote to let companies poison our fish? (H. Amdt. 119 to H.R. 953)
  • You voted to let Big Agribusinesses spray pesticides on drinking water sources without permits, so that if people get sick, local health officials can’t trace the problem. Why would you vote that way? (H.R. 872, H.R. 935)

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Clear Food Labeling

Consumers should have full information about the food we are buying so that we can make informed choices. With clear and transparent food labeling showing exactly what is in our food, we can make informed choices for ourselves and our families.
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  • I'm trying to make healthier choices in restaurants for myself and my family. It's very important to me to be able to find ingredients and calories on a food label. Why did you vote to delay and weaken restaurant food labeling? (H.R. 2017)
  • I'm concerned about the long-term safety of genetically modified (GMO) foods. Why did you vote against labeling GMO foods? (H.R. 1599)

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  • You can email their Congressional offices directly – let them know that you are a constituent and that you are concerned about these issues. Personal examples, in your own words, about why Clear Food Labeling matters to you will be the most effective.
  • Attend a town hall meeting.
    • Refer to the “Questions to Ask” section for each issue to help you decide what you want to say.
  • Request a meeting with your member of Congress or their staff when they are in their district office.
    • Again, refer to the “Questions to Ask” section for each issue to help you decide what you want to say.
  • Share this website with your friends and family, or through your own social networks.
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Supporting Small Family Farmers—Not Big Ag
33%
Vote Score
Government programs help farmers weather tough times. Today, these payments encourage land consolidation for the biggest producers at the expense of small- and medium-sized family farms. Programs that support local food and farm economies are a critical investment in the future of farming and for healthy, affordable food for all Americans--not for only those in one party.
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Fairness for Farmworkers and Restaurant Workers

The workers who harvest, cook, and serve food should have fair pay and basic health safeguards. Policies that preserve the rights and health of food and farm workers are essential to an equitable food system.
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  • You voted against giving sick farm workers information about the pesticides that are poisoning them. Why would you do that? (H. Amdt. 1308 to H.R. 5538)
  • You voted for two bills allowing immigrant children to be separated from their families. Why? (H.R. 4760, H.R. 6136)

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Are you concerned about your representative's food policy votes? Or do you want to thank your Member of Congress for their good food votes?

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    • Refer to the “Questions to Ask” section for each issue to help you decide what you want to say.
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  • Share this website with your friends and family, or through your own social networks.
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