With the deadline looming for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction — also known as the Super Committee — to make its recommendations on how to cut the federal deficit by at least $1.5 trillion dollars over 10 years, there are talks that the leaders of the agriculture committees in both chambers will use the opportunity to accelerate the consideration of language for the 2012 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill, usually taken up every 5 years, is the major spending vehicle for numerous agriculture priorities such as crop insurance, farm subsidies, and food stamps. The last authorization was signed into law in 2008, and the direct subsidies to farmers, amongst other measures, are in the crosshairs of lawmakers trying to find ways to cut spending from the federal budget.
MapLight has conducted an analysis of campaign contributions to members of the Super Committee from interests within the Agribusiness industry as defined by the Center for Responsive Politics. Since Jan. 1, 2001, agriculture interest groups have contributed over $3.7 million to members of the Super Committee.
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