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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: Ending Farm Subsidies

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

The latest edition of the Taxpayer's Tab is online, offering a closer look at some of the legislation NTUF has been scoring as part of our BillTally research.

Among the bills featured in this issue is S. 334, introduced by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). Her bill would end the direct cash payments given to farmers and the agricultural industry, a system that has roots in President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal-era price stabilizing mechanisms. Based on current budget data, NTUF determined that Senator McCaskill's bill would reduce federal outlays by about $3 billion per year, or $14.9 billion over 5 years.

Also in this edition of the Tab:

  • Most Expensive: Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) has re-introduced H.R. 1397, the Project Rebuild Act. It would authorize grants for community development and increase federal outlays by $2.9 billion per year, or $14.7 billion over 5 years.
  • Most Friended: Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced H.R. 138/S. 33, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act of 2013. It would ban the sale and/or transfer of high-capacity magazines among civilians. NTUF scored the bill as "no cost" regulatory legislation that would not have a significant effect on the federal budget.
  • The Wildcard: Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced H.R. 951, the Women WIN Jobs Act, which would establish a federal grant program designed to connect more women to "nontraditional" jobs -- defined as occupations in which less than 25 percent of professionals are female. Rep. Polis' legislation would increase federal spending by $20 million per year, or $100 million over 5 years.

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