Limit Government Payments to $250,000
(H. Amdt. 229 to H.R. 1947)
Date:June 20, 2013
Issue:Supporting Small Family Farmers—Not Big Ag: Government Payments
230 votes for
194 votes against
The Right Vote Was a Yes Vote
Farmers who grow certain commodity crops like wheat, soy, and corn, can receive government payments if the price or yield of their crops is too low. This amendment limited payments to $250,000 per year per farm. Even thought this amendment passed, the final bill changed the payment limit to $125,000 per person, with an expanded number of “farm managers” eligible to receive subsidy payments, effectively negating the cap on payments.
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  • I worry that our entire food system is geared toward profit for big companies instead of toward small family farmers. You voted to keep giving crop insurance payments to growers who earn more than $250,000. Why? (H. Amdt. 216 to H.R. 1947)
  • I don’t understand why the federal government subsidizes Big Sugar companies, but not small, local farmers who grow healthy vegetables. I think it’s bad for kids, our health care system, and the environment. I checked to learn about your campaign contributions. You have taken $X from Big Sugar companies. Why?
  • Obesity and diabetes are taking a huge toll on our health care system and it didn’t use to be like that. I don’t understand why we aren’t making fruits and vegetables more affordable than corn-based junk food. You voted against limiting farm subsidy payments for crops like corn to $250,000. Why should taxpayers give a producer more than a quarter million dollars? (H. Amdt. 478 to H.R. 2112, H. Amdt. 460 to H.R. 2112, H. Amdt. 229 to H.R. 1947)
  • I feel like our food system is geared toward Big Agribusiness instead of toward protecting our health and environment over the long term. The ethanol program is a good example of this. It started as a good move for the environment, but is now a government payment to billionaire corn producers. You voted to increase the percentage of corn in ethanol. Why? (H. Amdt. 156 to H.R. 1)
  • Too many Americans can’t afford healthy food and our government payment system for farmers ends up making a tomato cost more than a package of cookies. What are your thoughts about changing the farm subsidy system so we can make healthy food affordable and protect our kids from obesity and diabetes?

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