Coburn-Durbin amendment #2439 - Senators Coburn and Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) filed this amendment that would reduce the level of federal premium support for crop insurance participants with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) over $750,000 by 15 percentage points for all buy-up policies beyond catastrophic coverage.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates this amendment would save more than $1.2 billion dollars over ten years. Earlier this year, Senators Coburn and Durbin sent this letter to the Senate Agriculture Committee regarding their recommendations for reforming the federal crop insurance program. Additional background on the amendment, here.
Coburn amendment #2214 - This amendment would prohibit the use of public funds for political party conventions and to provide the return of previously distributed funds to the Treasury for deficit reduction. Earlier this week, Dr. Coburn introduced this legislation as a stand alone bill, S. 3257.
- View text of the legislation, here.
- Dr. Coburn's Statement for the Congressional Record, here.
- Congressional Research Service report on 2008 Democratic and Republican national convention spending and data provided by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on PECF expenditures used for party conventions.
- Examples of spending by-the-numbers: Republican National Convention Committee.
- Examples of spending by-the-numbers: Democratic National Convention Committee.
- Dr. Coburn called for the elimination of taxpayer subsidies for party conventions in his 2011 Wastebookreport, citing this report from the Congressional Research Service on federal funding for 2012 Presidential nominating conventions.
- Additional explanation of how the Presidential Election Campaign Fund (PECF) operates.
In May, 2012, Dr. Coburn urged the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee to reject public financing for their respective party conventions. Read the letter sent to both the RNC and DNC and additional background on other efforts from the Republican Study Caucus (RSC) to eliminate funding for conventions in 2009: here.
Coburn amendment #2225 — To prohibit federal tax cheats from receiving federal farm subsidies. This amendment would prohibit any federal farm assistance, including farm subsidies, loans, grants and other forms of assistance from being provided to individuals and entities that are seriously delinquent in their tax debt to the United States Treasury. Additional background, here.
Coburn amendment #2353 - To eliminate two “working lands” conservation programs: (1) the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and (2) the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Additional background, here.
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