The Council of Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today commended the House Appropriations Committee for not including any amendment to the FY 2002 Agriculture Appropriations Act that would extend or expand dairy compacts. "CCAGW has contended for years that dairy compacts have long-term negative consequences for consumers and taxpayers,'' CCAGW President Tom Schatz said. "By artificially raising prices, dairy compacts impose a regressive tax on a basic food, disproportionately affecting children and the poor. This 'milk tax' makes milk less affordable, and, at the same time, encourages excess production.''