Archive for June 14th, 2011

by jhwygirl

A GOP proposal is gaining traction, with support from both the White House and congressional leaders of both parties, that will all but eliminate direct payments, while leaving a program of crop insurance in place.

The Washington Post quotes Sen. Chuck Grassley: “There are no sacred cows. The bottom line is, ag should be cut like everything else, but no more than anything else. I think direct payments will be done away with.”

Not hard to imagine how Montana Rep. Janna Taylor is going to feel about that, being that she took (you just know there has to be paperwork involved – the U.S. isn’t just handing out checks) $1,017,490 in direct farm subsidy from 1995-2009. All in all, 33 Montana legislators, 30 being Republican, took over $7M in farm subsidy during that period – many of them being the loudest callers for “small government.”

If today’s vote in the Senate is any indication, WaPo might be calling the end of farm subsidy a little early – a vote today on Coburn’s Amdt. No. 436, which would have eliminated subsidy for the ethanol industry, was soundly defeated 59-40.

Senator Tester Voted Yea, while Baucus voted Nay

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