FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2017
Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today voted 51-49 to approve its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
National Farmers Union (NFU) staunchly opposed the legislation because it would increase the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion, jeopardize funding for farm safety net programming, and shift the nation’s tax burden from wealthy corporations and individuals to the rest of us, and to our children and grandchildren. In response to the vote, NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement:
“Today, the U.S. Senate voted to cut taxes for the wealthiest individuals and corporations in our country, and pay for those cuts by adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit and shifting the tax burden onto the rest of us, and to our children and grandchildren. This legislation and its counterpart on the House side are inherently flawed, and Congress should reject any combination of the two.”
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.
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from what I have seen from a lot of these farm support programs is that they only benefit the large farms that don’t really need most of these programs. As a small family farm we either don’t qualify for these programs or don’t have the financial backing to contribute the portion that is required for us. As a small farm I wonder if these programs are only for corporate farms and wealthy farms. Most of these federal and state programs require a match of 10 to 50 thousand dollars. Small farms don’t have 10 to 50 thousand sitting idle in the bank.