Key Vote Alert – Farm Bill Discharge Petition

Mr. Andrew Roth - September 17th, 2012


Opposing Discharge Petition No. 0005 on the Farm Bill

The Club for Growth strongly opposes Discharge Petition No. 0005 that would force floor consideration of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2012 (HR 6083), otherwise known as the farm bill.

A House member’s signature on this discharge petition, or any similar petition, will count heavily as an anti-growth action on the Club for Growth’s 2012 Congressional Scorecard.

Frustrated by the bill’s lack of attention, supporters of this discharge petition are attempting to force consideration of the proposal before the end of the year. However, fiscal conservatives should be acutely aware of the flaws in this big government spending bill. Among other concerns, it authorizes a whopping 60% increase in spending over the 2008 bill, it creates new entitlement programs that could prove extra costly to taxpayers, and it does nothing to reform the food stamp program.

Real reform would wean farmers off of subsidies all together, get the government completely out of the agricultural industry, and at the very least, block-grant food stamps back to the states.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.