“OPPOSE” HR2642 Farm Bill. Vote now at POPVOX.

Dear Activist Cockfighters / Liberty Activists:

Stand Up and Be Counted!

CALL TO ACTION

  1. Click this link: https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/113/hr2642
  2. Vote “OPPOSE”

WHY OPPOSE?

A FARM BILL HR2642 DETAIL. “Animal protection. Makes it a federal crime to attend or bring a child under the age of 16 to an animal fighting event. Allows states to keep stricter animal welfare standards by not including the King Amendment, which would have prohibited states from setting mandatory agricultural production standards.”

OPPOSE Vote by @gamenessttend

Letter as Submitted

FARM BILL LETTER 20140129

Comment Shown To Public

FARM BILL LETTER 20140129 REPORT

Farm Bill Conference Report — Includes Animal Provisions

The House and Senate Farm Bill negotiators who met to reconcile the different versions passed in either chambers have reached a bipartisan agreement. It’s a “five-year farm bill that will reduce the deficit, grow the economy and provide certainty to the 16 million Americans whose jobs depend on agriculture,” according to the negotiators.

The Farm Bill would make it a federal crime to attend or bring a child under the age of 16 to an animal fighting event. It would allow states to keep stricter animal welfare standards by not including the King Amendment, which would have prohibited states from setting mandatory agricultural production standards.

Weigh in with your Representative and Senators:

Here are some more details about the Farm Bill:

  • Program cuts. Repeals the direct payment program (which costs approximately $4.5 billion a year) and strengthens risk management tools. Repeals outdated programs and consolidates duplicative ones, eliminating nearly 100 programs or authorizations.
  • Job creation. Helps farmers and ranchers create jobs and provides certainty for the 16 million Americans working in agriculture.
  • Land protection. Strengthens conservation efforts to protect land, water and wildlife for future generations.
  • Organics. Creates a cost-share measure for farmers transitioning to organic agriculture.
  • “Food Stamps” or SNAP. Maintains food assistance for families while addressing fraud and misuse in SNAP. Reduces “food stamp” SNAP funding by nearly $9 billion over 10 years. (By comparison, the House-passed bill from Sept. 2013 had nearly $40 billion in cuts, while the Senate version had $4 billion in cuts.) Mandates electronic state immigration verification for SNAP applicants. Does not include provisions to let states drug test SNAP applicants.
  • Animal protection. Makes it a federal crime to attend or bring a child under the age of 16 to an animal fighting event. Allows states to keep stricter animal welfare standards by not including the King Amendment, which would have prohibited states from setting mandatory agricultural production standards.
  • Hemp. Allows colleges and universities to grow industrial hemp for research purposes in states where it is already legal to do so.
  • Christmas trees. Directs the Agriculture Dept. to resume establishment of an industry funded promotion program serving the fresh Christmas tree industry.
  • Meat labeling. Includes federal labeling rules requiring more information about the origins of beef, pork and other meats.
  • Marijuana. Clarifies that medical-marijuana can’t be deducted as an expense to claim more food-stamp benefits.

(Sources: House Agriculture Committee, Fresno Bee, Wall Street Journal, Sacramento Bee, Politico, Washington Post)

Weigh in with your Representative and Senators: https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/113/hr2642




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