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07-27-12 Coalition Letter Farm Bill Short Extension

07-27-12 Coalition Letter Farm Bill Short Extension

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TAXPAYERS DESERVE FULL AND OPENDEBATE ON FIVE-YEAR FARM BILL
July 27, 2012Dear Speaker Boehner,On behalf of the millions of members represented by our organizations, we write urging you to ensurethat
members of the House of Representatives are not subjected to a “bait and switch”
on the Farm Bill.Recent comments from House Agriculture Committee leadership clearly outline a strategy to usesupplemental drought assistance and a one year extension as a
“Trojan Horse” to get to confere
nce withthe Senate on a five-year Farm Bill that is estimated to
cost nearly a trillion dollars
over the nextdecade. If successful, this gambit would make a mockery of your laudable commitment to have full andopen debate on legislation.One justification used for moving a Farm Bill revolves around the existing drought affecting much of thecountry. In fact, only 0.2 percent of the projected 2012 Farm Bill spending deals with expired disasterprograms. Nearly 80% of the bi
ll’s $957 billion price tag is not even directed at producers, but on
otherprograms such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Regardless of whether a Farm Bill ispassed, crop insurance will still be available and continue to quickly compensate producers for the bulk of their losses. The bill should be used as an opportunity to save taxpayers billions of dollars and it is notnecessary for mature and profitable businesses to receive government subsidies. For instance, any futureextension should eliminate the direct payments program outright. Ending this wasteful program issomething on which everyone agrees.
The simple fact is that the 2008 Farm Bill doesn’t expire until the end of September 
and the only reasonto pass a one year extension two months early is to use August to hammer out larger conference

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