Local: Farm Bill Opens Taxpayer Spigot

After passing the Senate farm bill, we’re beginning to learn what is actually in it.  The Little Falls Times (New York) reports:

The town of German Flatts could gain access to Rural Development funding.

Senator Charles Schumer [D-NY] on Wednesday revealed 60 upstate communities that were previously ineligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture development programs could receive the opportunity to apply through the Senate Farm Bill.


“The Senate Farm Bill opens the spigot for game-changing water-sewer projects and paves the way for funding job-creating and economy-boosting community infrastructure projects by helping at least 60 new rural communities across the Hudson Valley and upstate New York gain access to the support of Rural Development programs,” said Schumer in a news release. “That is why I’m calling on the House of Representatives, which is considering the Farm Bill in committee this week, to adopt the Senate-passed provision and ensure that New York’s rural communities can be made eligible for the USDA’s rural investment programs.” 

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score, which claims an absurd $23 billion overall savings, spending on rural water and waste disposal will increase by $50 million over ten years.  And guess who pays for opening the spigot?  Taxpayers!

For whatever reason, Senator Schumer is only now touting this “game-changing” spigot.  A brief search of the Congressional Record reveals scant mention of Rural Development programs during the Senate debate and, unless the references are oblique, no mention of these upstate communities.

Lawmakers in the House, especially fiscal conservatives, should ask themselves if they want to be associated with any bill that “opens the spigot for game-changing” spending on the backs of the taxpayers.

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