Three members of Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation have joined with other U.S. House of Representatives member to raise concerns that the so-called “Budget Super Committee” may use its powers to re-write the federal Farm Bill.
Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) says he’s worried the heavily-lobbied “Super Committee” may find itself adding new programs and taking away from existing farm programs in the process. Kind says the government should be adding cost savings, not creating new mandatory spending programs that benefit large agribusiness at the expense of family farmers.
Kind has tried for years to change the focus of federal farm subsidies. He says people concerned about the budget deficit and federal spending have to make their feelings known before the committee’s report goes to Congress, because it can not be amended at that point.
Democrat Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Republican Tom Petri (R-WI) joined Kind in the letter to the “Super Committee,” along with 23 other members of Congress.
Jeff Petersen, WIXK