Senate Saves Corporate Welfare Program from 20% Cut

June 21, 2012

The Senate’s “vote-a-rama” on amendments to the farm bill continued yesterday. Thus far, almost all of the amendments that would have cut spending have failed. One failed amendment in particular is worth highlighting because it demonstrates the blatant disregard for taxpayers that exists in the Senate.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) introduced an amendment that would have cut the $200 million Market Access Program by 20 percent. MAP uses taxpayer money “to help U.S. producers, exporters, private companies, and other trade organizations finance promotional activities for U.S. agricultural products.” In other words, it’s textbook corporate welfare.

According to a new report produced by Coburn’s office, promotional activities that MAP has subsidized include advertising for pet food and animal spa products, wine tastings, and reality television shows. To make a point, Coburn’s amendment would have also prohibited MAP from funding those four items in particular.

The vote count on Coburn’s amendment was 30 “yes” and 69 “no.” Eighteen Republicans joined all but two Democrats in making sure that MAP can continue to spend taxpayer money promoting hair care products for dogs, cats, and horses. Who says bipartisanship is dead?


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