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Fiscally Conservative, Except When It Comes To Me

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rep. George Miller’s (D-Calif.) office released a report yesterday that takes a closer look at the 14 Members of Congress who receive federal farm subsidies.  The members in question all voted to increase the subsidy support they benefit from while failing to renew nutrition assistance programs such as SNAP.

The report finds:

14 members of Congress with a combined net worth of up to $124.5 million voted last week to continue farm subsidies from which they personally benefit while allowing authorization for nutrition programs for low income individuals and families, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), to expire this year. These members of Congress—each of them Republican—and their spouses have received a total of over $7.2 million in farm subsidies since 1995.

Read the full report here.

Table Scraps:

Both The Oklahoman and Houston Chronicle took state lawmakers to task after the release of Miller’s report- calling them out for self-serving votes.

E&E highlights an EWG analysis on the fiscal conservatives who originally voted against the farm bill, but later flip-flopped and voted in favor of the massive spending bill.

Tweet of the Day:

@EWGFoodNews WATCH LIVE 2-day hearing on #RenewableFuelStandard. EWG to testify Wed. on #environmental impacts of #RFS. http://shar.es/khyx6  #ethanol

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