• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Obama Agriculture Cuts Nearly Three Times More Than House and Senate Bills

    The “farm bill” affects all Americans, not just farmers. After all, everyone eats and wants affordable food to feed their families. Yet as is typical, the House and Senate generally ignore the needs of consumers who buy food and the taxpayers who pay the subsidies that are transferred to wealthy agribusinesses.

    Especially with record federal budget deficits, Congress should be finding ways to save money and avoid waste. Regrettably, that’s not the case. To put it in context, President Barack Obama has proposed to cut almost three times as much in agriculture spending as the House and Senate “food stamp/farm bills” bills do.

    BL-farm-bill-size-comparison-2013-part-2

    Both the House and Senate would add costly new agriculture programs. They would maintain programs, such as the sugar program, that drive up prices for consumers and cost jobs for Americans. For example, The Wall Street Journal has recently reported on jobs going overseas due to the sugar program. The House and Senate bills would also force taxpayers to continue subsidizing international marketing by agricultural companies. While President Obama would make cuts to the most expensive agriculture program (crop insurance), the House and Senate bills would irresponsibly add new costs.

    At least when it comes to agriculture spending, President Obama is far more fiscally responsible than Congress. That should embarrass anyone who claims to be a fiscal conservative.

    Posted in Capitol Hill, Economics [slideshow_deploy]

    Comments are closed.

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×