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NTU will consider "YES" votes on the following amendments to H.R. 4800

June 11, 2014

As the House considers H.R. 4800, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY15, NTU urges all Representatives to support initiatives that reduce expenditures, promote a true “all of the above” energy policy, and uphold free-market principles. To that end, NTU will consider “YES” votes on the following amendments to be the pro-taxpayer position:

  • Kind (D-WI)/Petri (R-WI) Crop Insurance Transparency Amendment: This amendment would continue the trend of transparency when it comes to farm subsidies by defunding the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) suppression of public information about crop insurance premium support recipients. While direct payments may be a thing of the past, the ability for taxpayers to know where their dollars are going should not be. This amendment will be significantly weighted.

  • Garrett (R-NJ) “Too Big to Fail” Amendment: This amendment would prohibit the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, in his or her role as a member of the Financial Stability Oversight Commission, from designating any additional companies as “Too Big to Fail.” This misguided principle should not be expanded to other institutions because it distorts markets and exposes taxpayers to undue risk. This amendment will be significantly weighted.

  • Blumenauer (D-OR) Commodity Subsidies Participation Amendment: This amendment would limit participation in Title I commodity programs (except conservation and Agriculture Management Assistance) to farms with an adjusted gross income of $250,000 or less. This amendment will be significantly weighted.

  • DeLauro (D-CT) Crop Insurance Publicity Amendment: This common-sense amendment would prohibit funding for federal crop insurance outreach and education to farms with an adjusted gross income above $250,000.

  • Hartzler (R-MO) Catfish Inspection Amendment: This amendment would prohibit funding for the duplicative and costly USDA catfish inspection program. The GAO has targeted the program as wasteful and unnecessary in six instances  and counting, most recently in April of this year.

  • Bridenstine (R-OK) Dairy Marketing Order Rule Amendment: This amendment would prohibit funding for implementation or enforcement of the burdensome final rule entitled “Milk in the Northeast and Other Marketing Areas; Order Amending the Orders.” The rule, which requires certain dairy producers who also process milk to “sell” and “buy back” their own products to and from the federal government, is an alarming example of just how urgently the dairy program and other archaic federally enforced marketing orders need to be reformed, streamlined, or even repealed.

  • Goodlatte (R-VA)/Costa (D-CA)/Welch (D-VT) Blender Pump Amendment: This amendment would ensure that no money appropriated under H.R. 4800 can be used to fund ethanol blender pumps. Taxpayer dollars shouldn’t be used to underwrite a mature industry whose product drives up the costs of transportation and food.

  • Duncan (R-TN) Watershed Rehabilitation Amendment: This amendment would reduce the appropriation for the Watershed Rehabilitation Program by $10 million. This is a modest reduction, but nonetheless vital savings for taxpayers, considering  the program received a 100 percent increase in appropriations in H.R. 4800 in the absence of any Administration request.

Roll call votes on these amendments to H.R. 4800 will be included in our annual Rating of Congress.

If you have any questions, please contact NTU Federal Affairs Manager Nan Swift (703) 683-5700