This harmful industry doesn't deserve support from the federal government.
Factory farms just got a big break with a rider attached to the recently passed $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill. With a pen stroke, the president gave a pass to some of our nation’s biggest polluters. This spending bill was rushed through to meet a deadline, and as so often happens in Washington, it reflects how powerful industries get their way at the expense of taxpayers and the public good.
Behind the scenes, the factory farming industry exploited this timely legislation to add self-serving provisions (under the radar and under the wire), and lawmakers whose political campaigns are funded by agribusiness were happy to oblige. Farm industry lobbyists successfully attached a provision to the spending bill to exempt factory farms from reporting the toxic emissions they generate.