Collin Peterson rejects real changes to massive government farm subsidy program
A federal program lambasted by the conservative Heritage Foundation as the country's largest example of corporate welfare, and that doled out a quarter-million dollars on GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's family farm, won't undergo any kind of serious reform in this session of congress. That's the word from Minnesota DFL Rep. Collin Peterson, who chair's the House Agriculture Committee.
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn. 7th District
Peterson, who's also working hard to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from actually, you know, protecting the environment, told The Associated Press he'd oppose any significant changes to the 2010 legislation.
Now, before anyone starts ranting about spendy Democrats running the House of Representatives, remember this: Four of the top five U.S. House districts receiving crop subsidies are controlled by Republicans; five of the top 10 are controlled by Republicans. Nos. 9 and 10, by the way, are Minnesota's District 1 and 7, represented by DFLers Tim Walzs and Peterson, respectively.
The Environmental Working Group has compiled an interactive national map that details the location of every farm to have received federal subsidies through the 2007 program year, and the amount each of those farms has received. See it -- focused on Minnesota -- by clicking here.