Key Vote Alert – “NO” on the Farm Bill Conference Report (HR 2642)

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KEY VOTE ALERT

“NO” on the Farm Bill Conference Report (HR 2642)

The Club for Growth urges all members of Congress to vote “NO” on the conference report to the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (HR 2642). We expect a vote in the House later this week, with a vote in the Senate some time thereafter. The vote will be included in the Club’s 2014 Congressional Scorecard.

For starters, this 949-page bill is yet another bloated proposal that House and Senate leaders are rushing through Congress without giving members and the public enough time to read and understand the bill. The CBO hasn’t even issued an official score at the time of this key vote alert’s release.

Second, this bill continues, for blatant political reasons, the unholy marriage of agricultural subsidies and food stamps – two completely separate issues. At a minimum, these two programs should be voted on as separate, stand-alone bills. True reform would also include implementing a plan to devolve the food stamp program to the states and eventually eliminate federal agricultural subsidies. This bill is well short of that goal. Instead, it’s a “Christmas Tree” bill where there’s a gift for practically every special interest group out there with a well-connected lobbyist, including the fresh-cut Christmas tree industry!

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Vote Results

Club Position

No

Required for Majority

1/2

Vote Results

Conference Report Agreed to

Vote Number

259

Vote Date

December 11, 2018

Vote Counts

YEAs:

0

NAYs:

0

Not Voting:

100

Name

State

Party

Vote Position

Lamar Alexander

TN

R

Y

Tammy Baldwin

WI

D

Y

John Barrasso

WY

R

N

Michael Bennet

CO

D

Y

Richard Blumenthal

CT

D

Y

Roy Blunt

MO

R

Y

Cory Booker

NJ

D

Y

John Boozman

AR

R

Y

Sherrod Brown

OH

D

Y

Richard Burr

NC

R

Y

Maria Cantwell

WA

D

Y

Shelley Capito

WV

R

Y

Benjamin Cardin

MD

D

Y

Thomas Carper

DE

D

Y

Bob Casey

PA

D

Y

Bill Cassidy

LA

R

Y

Susan Collins

ME

R

Y

Christopher Coons

DE

D

Y

Bob Corker

TN

R

Y

John Cornyn

TX

R

Y

Catherine Cortez Masto

NV

D

Y

Tom Cotton

AR

R

N

Mike Crapo

ID

R

Y

Ted Cruz

TX

R

Y

Steve Daines

MT

R

Y

Joe Donnelly

IN

D

Y

Tammy Duckworth

IL

D

Y

Richard Durbin

IL

D

Y

Michael Enzi

WY

R

N

Joni Ernst

IA

R

Y

Dianne Feinstein

CA

D

Y

Deb Fischer

NE

R

Y

Jeff Flake

AZ

R

N

Cory Gardner

CO

R

Y

Kirsten Gillibrand

NY

D

Y

Lindsey Graham

SC

R

Y

Chuck Grassley

IA

R

N

Kamala Harris

CA

D

Y

Maggie Hassan

NH

D

Y

Orrin Hatch

UT

R

Y

Martin Heinrich

NM

D

Y

Heidi Heitkamp

ND

D

Y

Dean Heller

NV

R

Y

Mazie Hirono

HI

D

Y

John Hoeven

ND

R

Y

Cindy Hyde-Smith

MS

R

Y

James Inhofe

OK

R

Y

Johnny Isakson

GA

R

Y

Ron Johnson

WI

R

N

Doug Jones

AL

D

Y

Tim Kaine

VA

D

Y

John Kennedy

LA

R

N

Angus King

ME

I

Y

Amy Klobuchar

MN

D

Y

Jon Kyl

AZ

R

N

James Lankford

OK

R

Y

Patrick Leahy

VT

D

Y

Mike Lee

UT

R

N

Joe Manchin

WV

D

Y

Edward Markey

MA

D

Y

Claire McCaskill

MO

D

Y

Mitch McConnell

KY

R

Y

Robert Menendez

NJ

D

Y

Jeff Merkley

OR

D

Y

Jerry Moran

KS

R

Y

Lisa Murkowski

AK

R

N

Christopher Murphy

CT

D

Y

Patty Murray

WA

D

Y

Bill Nelson

FL

D

Y

Rand Paul

KY

R

N

David Perdue

GA

R

Y

Gary Peters

MI

D

Y

Rob Portman

OH

R

Y

Jack Reed

RI

D

Y

Jim Risch

ID

R

Y

Pat Roberts

KS

R

Y

Mike Rounds

SD

R

Y

Marco Rubio

FL

R

N

Bernie Sanders

VT

I

Y

Ben Sasse

NE

R

Y

Brian Schatz

HI

D

Y

Chuck Schumer

NY

D

Y

Tim Scott

SC

R

Y

Jeanne Shaheen

NH

D

Y

Richard Shelby

AL

R

Y

Tina Smith

MN

D

Y

Debbie Stabenow

MI

D

Y

Dan Sullivan

AK

R

Y

Jon Tester

MT

D

Y

John Thune

SD

R

Y

Thom Tillis

NC

R

Y

Pat Toomey

PA

R

N

Tom Udall

NM

D

Y

Chris Van Hollen

MD

D

Y

Mark Warner

VA

D

Y

Elizabeth Warren

MA

D

Y

Sheldon Whitehouse

RI

D

Y

Roger Wicker

MS

R

Y

Ron Wyden

OR

D

Y

Todd Young

IN

R

Y

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