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National Food Policy Scorecard

The National Food Policy Scorecard is your go-to source for information about the most important food legislation considered by the House and Senate and how all members of Congress voted on those issues. The Scorecard reflects the consensus of top food policy experts who select the key food policy votes each year. The scored food policy issues include domestic and international hunger, food safety, food access, farm subsidies, animal welfare, food and farm labor, nutrition, food additives, food transparency, local and regional food production, organic farming and the effects of food production on the environment. The National Food Policy Scorecard lets you identify which legislators are working for sensible food policies.

Senate Votes - 113th Congress

1
Reduces subsidies to farmers making more than $750,000 a year
Votes for: 59
Votes against: 33
Not voting: 8 
2
Restore SNAP funding
Votes for: 26
Votes against: 70
Not voting: 4 
3
Allow states to label GMO products
Votes for: 27
Votes against: 71
Not voting: 2 
4
$13 billion SNAP cut
Votes for: 40
Votes against: 58
Not voting: 2 
5
Replacing SNAP with state block grant program
Votes for: 36
Votes against: 60
Not voting: 4 
6
Senate Farm Bill final passage
Votes for: 66
Votes against: 27
Not voting: 7 

Senate Votes - 112th Congress

1
Deny direct payments to large commercial farms
Votes for: 84
Votes against: 15
Not voting: 1 
2
Limit SNAP enrollment
Votes for: 41
Votes against: 58
Not voting: 1 
3
Repeal ethanol subsidies
Votes for: 73
Votes against: 27
Not voting: 0 
4
Allow states to label GMO products
Votes for: 26
Votes against: 73
Not voting: 1 
5
Link crop insurance subsidies to conservation
Votes for: 52
Votes against: 47
Not voting: 1 
6
Repeal major conservation programs
Votes for: 15
Votes against: 84
Not voting: 1 
7
Offer crop insurance for organic crops
Votes for: 63
Votes against: 36
Not voting: 1 
8
Restore SNAP funds, cut insurance company subsidies
Votes for: 33
Votes against: 66
Not voting: 1 
9
Eliminate Organic Certification Cost Share Program
Votes for: 42
Votes against: 57
Not voting: 1 
10
Eliminate SNAP enrollment incentives
Votes for: 41
Votes against: 58
Not voting: 1 
11
Encourage pulse crops in school lunch program
Votes for: 58
Votes against: 41
Not voting: 1 
12
Limit SNAP enrollment
Votes for: 43
Votes against: 56
Not voting: 1 
13
Support new farmers, local food systems
Votes for: 55
Votes against: 44
Not voting: 1 
14
Payment limit on crop subsidies
Votes for: 75
Votes against: 24
Not voting: 1 
15
Prohibit EPA monitoring of CAFOs and other farms
Votes for: 56
Votes against: 43
Not voting: 1 
16
Limit efforts to reduce subsidies to large commercial farms
Votes for: 44
Votes against: 55
Not voting: 1 
17
Require NOAA approval of GE salmon
Votes for: 46
Votes against: 50
Not voting: 4 
18
Reduces subsidies to farmers making more than $750,000 a year
Votes for: 66
Votes against: 33
Not voting: 1 

Dishonorable Mentions

This vote on broad budget and regulatory policies were not included in legislator scores.

1
Procedural motion to proceed to consideration of House Budget, which contained severe cuts to SNAP and conservation
Votes for: 41
Votes against: 58
Not voting: 1 
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