For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Genevieve Frye Rozansky
Congressman Flake Urges Supercommittee Not to Create Farm Bill Programs That Could Lead to Higher Spending
Supercommittee Recommendations Meant to Identify Paths to Deficit Reduction, not Create Additional Entitlements
Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today urged the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to reject proposals allowing the reauthorization or creation of new Farm Bill programs and entitlements in the Committee’s recommendations for deficit reduction.
“The Supercommittee is tasked with finding ways to reduce the federal deficit, not to add to our fiscal woes with more bloated agriculture programs,” said Flake.
Congressman Flake, along with Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, sent a letter in October to the Supercommittee which detailed their suggestions for making significant cuts to federal agricultural subsidies, including eliminating direct agriculture payments to those with an adjusted gross annual income of more than $250,000.