The United States House Committee on Appropriations is responsible for passing appropriation bills along with its Senate counterpart. The bills passed by the Appropriations Committee regulate expenditures of money by the government of the United States. It is one of the most powerful of the committees. Below is a list of all current members of the United States House Committee on Appropriations, organized by political party. The Last Week Tonight with John Oliver segment on the poultry industry (which aired 5/17/15) documented the plight of American chicken farmers, who often experience unfair treatment at the hands of the companies they work for – including retaliation if they speak out. The Last Week Tonight segment concludes with coverage of the Appropriations Committee’s vote last May against an amendment proposed by Rep. Marcy Kaptur that would have protected farmers from retaliation. Check the list below to see how your representative voted on the amendment:
Source: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations voting record: See roll call #5 at http://1.usa.gov/1Hhmdw3
- Committee members who voted “Yea” in support of the amendment to protect farmers are highlighted in green.
- Committee members who voted “Nay” against the amendment, allowing companies to retaliate against farmers who speak out, are highlighted in red.
- The remaining representatives were not present or were not members of the Appropriations Committee at the time of the vote.
As John Oliver points out, Rep. Kaptur may propose a similar amendment when the Appropriations Committee meets next month – please encourage your Representatives to support farmers.
And let’s remember to thank our Representatives who have been strong supporters of farmers!