Attagirl, Kristi, taking care of your own....
Congresswoman Kristi Noem's family has made over three million dollars from us taxpayers on farm subsidies over the last fifteen years. Congresswoman Noem is now using her Congressional vote to protect those subsidies for her fellow wealthy farmers.
On February 18, Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer from Oregon proposed an amendment (numbered 323) to HR 1, the full-year continuing appropriations bill. Rep. Blumenauer wanted to block the USDA from paying any staff who disburse more than $250,000 in farm subsidies to any one person or company.
Now if you ask me, if you need more than $250,000 from Uncle Sam in one year to keep your farm running, you need a new business model. But if you ask Congresswoman Noem, she'll say, "Where do I sign up?" The Noems' Racota Valley Ranch took in more than $250K in subsidies in five separate years. Their best year (or the taxpayers' worst): 2000, when the ranch hauled in federal subsidies worth $528,472.
In celebration of her rich heritage of government dependence, Congresswoman Noem voted no on the Blumenauer amendment. She voted to keep handing out the big subsidies she has enjoyed. She then joined her Republican colleagues in voting for the overall appropriations bill, which eliminates funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Congresswoman Noem thinks Sesame Street and Statehouse should survive on their own merits in the marketplace. But if your big farm needs a quarter-million-dollar handout, Kristi's got your back.