Thompson: Taxpayer waste and abuse will continue in the absense of a long-term farm bill
July 3, 2013
Politics trumped good government today in the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Speaker. The members of this body demonstrated a failure in leadership by voting down the Farm Bill.
The federal government currently operates a costly maze of duplicative and outdated agriculture spending programs.
The Farm Bill crafted by the House reflected a fiscally responsible plan that would have ended abuses of Food Stamps, ended wasteful agriculture spending programs, and achieved a level of efficiency for existing programs that should be replicated in all areas of government.
The Farm Bill would have eliminated automatic enrollment in Food Stamps and prevented fraudulent benefit payments by requiring states to verify eligibility for the program.
The Farm Bill would have ended the economically disruptive policies that have worked to further destabilize our dairy markets. The bill transitioned to a more free market approach that's better for farmers and taxpayers alike.
In the absence of this comprehensive reform package, the overspending and taxpayer waste will now continue.
Mr. Speaker, I yield back.