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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

08-HR5134 on Jan 23, 2008

Bill Sponsorship: giving tax breaks for start-up farms for 10-year commitment
Source: Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Act (H.R.5134)
This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to exclude from gross income 100% of the gain, up to $500,000, from the sale of qualified farm property to a first-time farmer who certifies that such property will be used for farming purposes for 10 years.
  • Allows a 50% exclusion for the sale of qualified farm property to any other person who certifies that such property will be used for farming purposes for 10 years.
  • Allows a 25% exclusion for the sale of qualified farm property to any other person for any other use.
  • Defines "qualified farm property" as real estate which is used for farming purposes for a specified three-year period and in which there was participation by the taxpayer or the taxpayer's family.


  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Give tax breaks for start-up farms for 10-year commitment

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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Democrats participating in 08-HR5134

Sanford Bishop s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Leonard Boswell s1oIowa Democrat 
Steve Kagen s1oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
Collin Peterson s1oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Earl Pomeroy s1oNorth Dakota Democrat (until 2010) 
John Salazar s1oColorado Democrat (Unseated 2010) 



Republicans participating in 08-HR5134

John Boozman s1oAR Republican Jr Senator 
Dan Burton s1oIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Jeff Fortenberry s1oNebraska Republican 
Wayne Gilchrest s1oMaryland Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Samuel Graves s1oMissouri Republican 
Michael McCaul s1oTexas Republican 
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers s1oWashington Republican 
Ron Paul s1oPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
Steve Pearce s1oNew Mexico Republican 
Dennis Rehberg s1oMontana Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Mike Simpson s1oIdaho Republican 
Mark Souder s1oIndiana Republican (until 2010) 
Lee Terry s1pNebraska Republican 



Independents participating in 08-HR5134



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 6
Republicans: 13
Independents: 0


















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