Key Vote Alert – House Farm Bill



The House Farm Bill (HR 1947)

Below are key votes relating to the House farm bill (HR 1947) that the Club for Growth plans to score. Consideration of the farm bill begins today. More key votes may be issued later. The votes on final passage and the listed amendments will be included in the Club’s 2013 Congressional Scorecard.

“YES” on Pitts #13 Amendment – This amendment would enact modest reforms to the outrageous sugar program that unfairly benefits the sugar industry at the expense of consumers and other businesses.

“YES” on Radel #12 Amendment – This amendment would repeal the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center, which is nothing but a special interest handout financed by taxpayers.

“YES” on Chabot #43 Amendment – This amendment would repeal the Market Access Program, a trade-distorting program that unfairly benefits some businesses at the expense of others.

“NO” on final passage of HR 1947 – Even with passage of the above amendments, the House farm bill is so wasteful and so irresponsible that we are obliged to oppose it. It spends too much, reforms too little, and it maintains the “business as usual” mindset in Washington.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 113th 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.