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Federal Farm Subsidy Programs: How to Discourage Congressional Conflicts of Interest

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Publication Date: June 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Ronald D. Utt

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Agriculture, forestry and fishing (Agricultural economics and farm holdings)

Keywords: Agriculture; USDA; earmark; farm bill reauthorization

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Members of Congress who receive federal farm subsidies should (1) declare them in annual financial disclosures and recuse themselves from voting on legislation that would directly benefit them financially or (2) agree not to accept them and provide the public with detailed information on family members who will benefit financially from their vote in support of farm subsidies.