Skip to comments.Lawmakers won’t have to disclose the farm subsidies they receive
Posted on 01/29/2014 1:10:40 PM PST by jazusamo
A provision requiring members of Congress and the administration to disclose what crop insurance subsidies they receive was quietly dropped from the farm bill that the House passed on Wednesday.
Section 11001 of the House-passed farm bill had a provision that requires disclosure (by name) of the amount of crop insurance assistance received by Members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, and members of their immediate families.
That provision was taken out in closed-door conference negotiations before the bill was released on Monday. The bill cleared the House in less than 72 hours, before many lawmakers had a chance to review it, and now heads to the Senate.
Taxpayers for Common Sense spotted the change in the bill.
Considering a bunch of lawmakers receive those subsidies (including those on the Conference Committee) its a wonder how it got in there in the first place, said Taxpayers for Common Sense staffer Steve Ellis.
In 2012, 15 members of Congress received direct farm commodity payments according to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group. Direct crop payments are already public, while crop insurance premium assistance has not been subject to disclosure in the past.
With the new farm bill, that secrecy will continue.
like when they were exempted from insider trading laws
I bet most (by no means all) of these are Republicans too.
Maybe Breitbart.com can flush 'em out.
Yep, GOP Reps as well as Dems from the farm states are into farm subsidies. Also one comment after the article mentioned the Pigford fraud which involved black owned farms and some members of the CBC.
Marlin Stutzman (R) from IN voted “NO” on this. He receives these subsidies, but doesn’t hide from the fact.
He tried to get the Food Stamp Program separated from the Farm bill, and the GOP kicked him out of his leadership position for opposing them.
The most fundamentally honest thing any DC cretin could do is separate the food stamps from the farm subsidies. They won’t, because if they did, neither would pass.
Our elected assassins is more like it.