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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Urgent Action Alert - Payment Limits

Urgent Action Alert

The Senate Will Vote on Farm and Rural Budget Cuts Tomorrow!

Act Now to Make Your Voice Heard for Rural America!

This is a moment when grassroots calls can make a major impact. Your Senators will be voting TOMORROW to either accept the agriculture budget cuts or adopt the Grassley-Dorgan amendment to limit payments to mega farms. There has never been a more crucial time to call your Senators’ offices to make your voice heard for the future of rural America and to protect conservation and food programs for America’s most vulnerable children and families.

Many Senators have not decided whether or not they will support payment limits, so your voice will have a real impact.

The full Senate will decide tomorrow on where they will make cuts to reconcile the budget. As it stands right now, the Agriculture Committee has recommended cuts to conservation programs that effect family farms as well as an across-the-board cut to commodity programs.

If the Senate votes to accept these recommendations, the Conservation Security Program that makes payments to farmers to protect the environment, will be cut yet again -- and many family farms will be lost entirely. The House of Representatives also wants to cut food stamps and rural development in addition to cutting conservation and support for family farms.

It does not have to be this way! Senators Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dorgan (D-ND) will offer a payment limitations amendment that will cut spending by limiting farm payments to mega farms instead of making massive cuts. Payment limits save money and would also limit the subsidies that mega farms use to smaller farms out of business. The Senate must chose to support this amendment and save money through long needed reforms that limit farm payments to mega farms.

PLEASE Act Now to Make a Difference!

Call the Senate switchboard - 202-224-3121

Please call your Senators as early in this morning as possible and leave a message with the receptionist.
• Urge them to cut spending by limiting payments to mega farms.
• Urge them to support the Grassley-Dorgan amendment on payment limitations.

Please let others know about this alert so people you know who might be interested can take action!

Thank you for your support.

- for more information post a question or comment here or
contact John Crabtree,

Center for Rural Affairs
Values. Worth. Action.


  • At 4:52 PM, Blogger Center for Rural Affairs said…

    The list below are the names of the Senators who supported payment limitations in 2002 but switched their vote to oppose payment limitations in 2005.

    Bennett (R-UT)
    Biden (D-DE)
    Boxer (D-CA)
    Bunning (R-KY)
    Carper (D-DE)
    Craig (R-ID)
    Crapo (R-ID)
    Dodd (D-CT)
    Feinstein (D-CA)
    Gregg (R-NH)
    Inouye (D-HI)
    Kohl (D-WI)
    McConnell (R-KY)
    Roberts (R-KS)
    Rockefeller (D-WV)
    Stevens (R-AK)
    Warner (R-VA)


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