New CBO Score Shows Taxpayers Would Save $387 Million
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today urged members of the Farm Bill conference committee to keep the “actively engaged” provision currently in the bill. If reopened, the loophole would allow multimillionaires to collect taxpayer subsidies by padding their payroll with people who have never stepped on the farm. A bipartisan majority of both the Senate and House of Representatives voted to keep this provision in place. A new estimate from the Congressional Budget Office showed that keeping the loophole closed would save $387 million over 10 years.
“The idea that Congress would reopen this gaping loophole, while slashing millions of dollars for families on food stamps is reprehensible. If news reports are correct, the most vulnerable Americans—including children, veterans and the disabled—will have seen about $20 billion cut from the food stamp program since November. A majority of our colleagues agreed to the common-sense farm subsidy reforms currently contained in the bill. To use backroom maneuvering to strike them from the bill now would be unconscionable. I strongly urge my colleagues to do the right thing and keep this reform in place.”
DeLauro is a former Chairwoman of the subcommittee responsible for funding the Department of Agriculture and was a conferee for the 2008 Farm Bill.