Skip to comments.Reid pressures House to pass farm bill
Posted on 06/25/2013 2:22:44 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says his chamber wont pass an extension of farm policy this year and is pressuring the House to figure out how to pass a farm bill.
The House rejected its version of a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill last week, with 62 Republicans voting no after Speaker John Boehner urged support. The Senate passed its farm bill earlier this month with support from two-thirds of the chamber. Reid on Monday urged Boehner take up the Senate farm bill before current policy expires Sept. 30.
Both bills expand farm subsidies while saving money overall and making cuts to the almost $80 billion-a-year food stamp program, which has doubled in cost in the last five years. The Senate bill cuts $400 million a year from food stamps, or half a percent, while the House bill cuts $2 billion annually, or about three percent. House conservatives wanted even higher cuts, and many of them joined with Democrats who thought the cuts were too high to defeat the bill on the floor.
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One in five Americans are "swiping" their little EBT cards every day, and one in seven American households use them.
Meanwhile, Walter Reed is laying off nurses and care givers to our wounded heroes due to Sequestration. Food Stamps and Entitlements are exempt from any cuts, but our military has been devastated.
Limit EBT’s to actual essentials and cut farm subsidies.
Maybe we can talk then....
Very telling of Boehner's, out-of-touch "leadership" and a harbinger of what is to come when the House ultimately receives the immigration bill from the Senate.
How does reid “pressure” the House to do anything more than the House can pressure Reids Senate?
Did you forget who the Speaker of the House is? Why it's the weepy, vulnerable, go-along to get-along, girly-man John Boehner. Could you find a more inviting target? (See Chuck Schumer's threat to the House this past weekend not to remove the path to citizenship for illegals in the immigration bill or there would be a monstrous march on the Capitol by those law breakers.)
What a Leader.
He couldn’t lead a homeless starving woman to a buffet.