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  • White House threatens to veto House ag spending bill

    06/12/2014 4:48:01 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | June 11, 2014 | Mary Soukup
    As the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to consider the fiscal year 2015 agricultural appropriations bill, the White House threatened to veto the legislation due to opposition related to funding provisions related to school nutrition programs, potatoes in the Women, Infants and Children program and other policy issues.This is the first veto threat from the White House for fiscal year 2015 spending bills.“The bill undermines key investments in financial oversight, injects political decision-making into science-based nutrition standards, and includes objectionable language riders,” said the official Statement of Administration Policy. “If the President were presented with H.R. 4800, his senior advisors...
  • Hunger crisis: Charities are strained as nearly 1 in 5 New Yorkers depend on aid for food

    03/16/2014 11:12:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 3/16/14 | Barry Paddock and Ginger Adams Otis
    Its a quiet crisis. In a city of plenty, a staggering number of people are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Nearly one in five New Yorkers, 1.4 million people, now rely on a patchwork network of 1,000 food pantries and soup kitchens across the city to eat. That represents an increase of 200,000 people in five years straining the charities that are trying to help. The two biggest, City Harvest and the Food Bank for New York City, now provide nearly 110 million pounds of food to soup kitchens and food pantries a year. Yet those working
  • $1 Trillion Farm Bill Full of Subsidies, Special Favors

    02/18/2014 9:32:51 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/15/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    President Obama was in Michigan last week to sign a 10-year, $1 trillion farm bill. While much of the debate has centered around the spending on food stamps, buried in the 1,000-page plan are many other provisions that are indefensibly bad policy. While some are praising, and others complaining, about slightly rolling back spending on food stamps and eliminating some of the direct payments to "farmers" (who did not actually farm), the bill goes far beyond that. This bill continues special subsidy deals to farmers in every area in the country from corn and beans to rice and peanuts...
  • Lawmakers Poised To Continue Corporate Welfare Fund

    02/10/2014 11:31:07 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/8/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The state Legislature is considering giving more funding to a program that only delivers 19 percent of the jobs it claims to have created. Legislation is on the House floor that would increase the 21st Century Jobs Fund, a corporate welfare program created under former Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Many House Republicans and Democrats oppose the seven-bill package, or aspects of it. Getting enough votes to pass the bills and send them to the Senate could be tough, but the thread of opposition preventing that from happening could soon prove very thin. If the legislation reaches the Senate, passage seems highly...
  • The Farm Bill vs. America (Mike Lee Speech)

    02/06/2014 7:21:24 PM PST · by P-Marlowe · 15 replies
    Mike Lee ^ | 2/2/14 | Mike Lee
    February 6, 2014 The Farm Bill vs. America Earlier this week the Senate voted on a farm bill. I voted against this bill, and I delivered the following speech on the Senate Floor to explain why. I wanted to share this with you since it is important for Utahns, especially those from rural parts of the state, to understand the problems inherent in this bill:This Farm Bill is a monument to every dysfunction Washington indulges to bend our politics and twist our economy to benefit itself at the expense of the American people. The topline talking point among defenders...
  • Obama jets 949-page farm bill to Michigan for signing ceremony

    02/07/2014 11:43:12 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/7/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama boarded Air Force One this morning together with the 949-page, $956 billion farm bill, which he plans to sign at the Michigan State University on Friday. The president was accompanied by White House press secretary Jay Carney, Senior Advisors Dan Pfeiffer and Valerie Jarrett.
  • Farm Bill Rewards Rich Farmers, While The Rest Of Us Pay

    02/05/2014 5:35:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    IBD ^ | 02/05/2014 | Stephen Moore
    With all this talk in Washington about income inequality, why isn't Barack Obama or Nancy Pelosi or anyone in the greed-and-envy lobby going after the grotesquely unfair farm bill? This near-$200 billion bill is one of the biggest giveaways to the rich and politically powerful in recent history. Usually, in Washington Congress doles out taxpayer subsidies to industries that are in severe financial trouble think of bailouts to autos, banks and steel. That's bad enough. But the farm economy isn't in distress. It's booming, and agribusiness still walked away with $20 billion a year in direct payments,...
  • Congress approves five-year farm bill

    02/04/2014 12:12:04 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | Feb 4, 2014 | David Rogers
    The long-tortured farm bill cleared Congress Tuesday, ending a two year struggle that split the old farm-food coalition as never before and dramatized the growing isolation of agriculture and rural America in an ever more urban House. Written off as dead just months ago, the giant five-year measure won final approval from the Senate on a 68-32 roll call and goes next to President Barack Obama for his signature.
  • Congress seeks to jack up fees on home heating oil in midst of frigid winter

    02/03/2014 12:36:01 PM PST · by ZULU · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2014 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Congress mammoth farm bill restores the imposition of an extra fee on home heating oil, hitting consumers in cold-weather states just as utility costs are spiking.
  • Democrats: 1% Cut In Food Stamp Funding Is "Stealing"

    02/01/2014 12:47:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | February 1, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    Elected Democrats and movement progressives are up in arms over the meager cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - commonly known as food stamps). Hot Air's Erika Johnsen covered the non-drama over the farm bill yesterday and noted the very meager reforms included in the legislation, but some Democrats are bemoaning the $800 million in yearly cuts to SNAP in apocalyptic terms. The overall SNAP program costs $70 billion per year. Hipster congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said "Congress has lost its way" and described the farm bill as "reverse Robin Hood legislation that steals food from the poor."...
  • House-Passed Compromise Farm Bill to Cost $1.4 Billion a Page

    01/30/2014 10:12:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 29, 2014 - 5:54 PM | Timothy Hill
    The bill will cost nearly a trillion dollars over ten years. But, considering the bill itself is 702 pages long, the bill will cost about $1.4 billion per page. If that doesnt garner the attention of taxpayers, there was something else that bothered at least one member of the House todayhow settling on cutting $8 billion of waste could be a called compromise between a $40 billion House cut and a $4 billion Senate cut.
  • Lawmakers wont have to disclose the farm subsidies they receive

    01/29/2014 1:10:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 29, 2014 | Erik Wasson
    A provision requiring members of Congress and the administration to disclose what crop insurance subsidies they receive was quietly dropped from the farm bill that the House passed on Wednesday. Section 11001 of the House-passed farm bill had a provision that requires disclosure (by name) of the amount of crop insurance assistance received by Members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, and members of their immediate families. That provision was taken out in closed-door conference negotiations before the bill was released on Monday. The bill cleared the House in less than 72 hours, before many lawmakers had a chance to review it,...
  • Disgusting Compromise on $956B Farm Bill; In Spite of Massive Howls, No Actual Cuts in Food Stamps

    01/29/2014 10:34:53 AM PST · by SteelTrap · 53 replies
    MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | 1/29/2014 | Mike Shedlock (Mish)
    Proving that neither party really wants to do anything about escalating costs of anything, in typical D.C. compromise action, the House Passes $956B Farm Bill in a bipartisan vote. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) all voted for the bill. Democrats are howling over minuscule cuts in SNAP (food stamps). For example, an inane headline on the Daily Koz reads House passes food stamp-slashing farm bill. Supposedly there will be $8.6 billion in devastating food stamp cuts. Even if that happens it is less than a 1% cut in an...
  • GOP Abandons Principle With Subsidy-Filled Farm Bill

    01/28/2014 4:27:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies ^ | January 28, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Subsidies: Former Indiana congressman (and now state governor) Mike Pence used to quip that he was 99% capitalist but 1% socialist, and that turns socialist "when it comes time to vote on a farm bill." At least he was honest. Just what is it about farm bills that make Republicans abandon their principles of limited government and fiscal restraint? The sad answer: Farm bills are classic examples of Republican pork delivered to their own voters. The $1 trillion bill that will be voted on this week is another big pail of slop. It includes subsidies for corn, cotton, wool, sugar,...
  • Farm bill deal would cut food stamps by 1 percent

    01/27/2014 7:37:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2014 9:20 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    A House plan to make major cuts to food stamps would be scaled back under a bipartisan agreement on a massive farm bill, a near end to a more than two-year fight that has threatened to hurt rural lawmakers in an election year. The measure announced Monday by the House and Senate Agriculture committees preserves food stamp benefits for most Americans who receive them and continues generous subsidies for farmers. The House was expected to vote on the bill Wednesday, with the Senate following shortly after. The compromise was expected to cut food stamps by about $800 million a year,...
  • $1T farm bill deal could come Monday, House leaders say

    01/25/2014 4:12:23 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 24 Jan 14 | Erik Wasson
    Members of Congress have been alerted that a deal on the $1 trillion farm bill, stalled for the last three years, could come on Monday, allowing for a House floor vote next week. The alert went out from the House Agriculture Committee to members of the farm bill conference committee requesting that they return to town by Monday for action on the stalled legislation. "Conversations are ongoing and we remain optimistic that we can reach agreement in time to be on the floor next week," the alert stated. It said that Monday could feature a conference meeting to vote on...
  • To Minnesota Station [The farm bill is stalled over Soviet-style price controls on milk.]

    01/14/2014 9:53:05 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | Jan. 12, 2014
    The political soap opera over the farm bill is wrapping up, albeit with little substantive reform, though the drama wouldn't be complete without one last meltdown. Some of the House-Senate negotiators are demanding new Soviet-style price controls for the U.S. milk industry, which could show up in your next grocery bill. A farm deal was expected last week but the conference committee stalled over a plan from Minnesota Democrat Collin Peterson to replace something called the Milk Income Loss Contract. Dairy producers are currently paid a direct cash subsidy every month in which milk prices fall below a target level,...
  • How Democrats Plan to Cut Food Stamps Without Enraging Their Base

    12/10/2013 4:50:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 12/09/13 | Meredith Shiner
    For Democrats especially, any talk about cutting billions from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is uncomfortable and certain to create internal strife. But negotiators on the farm bill believe theyve found a way to make about $8 billion in savings from the program palatable for most Democrats. The key is eliminating a loophole that enables states to help some low-income residents with nominal subsidies to pay for their heating in the winter in order to trigger much higher food stamp benefits. Some states, such as New York, will make a $1 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program payment to low-income...

    12/10/2013 9:10:02 AM PST · by lowbridge · 17 replies ^ | december 9, 2013 | becket adams
    Between 2008 and 2011, the U.S. government awarded roughly $6.12 million in federal farm subsidies to several groups in the Chicago area, including a charity owned by Louis Farrakhans The Nation of Islam, according to a report released by governmentwatchdog groupOpen the Books. BUSINESS WAIT UNTIL YOU HEAR HOW MANY FARM SUBSIDIES ARE GOING TO GROUPS INTHE CITY OF CHICAGO INCLUDING ONE ASSOCIATED WITH LOUIS FARRAKHAN Dec. 9, 2013 11:00pmBecket Adams SHARE Related:Louis Farrakhan Between 2008 and 2011, the U.S. government awarded roughly $6.12 million in federal farm subsidies to several groups in the Chicago area, including a charity...
  • Farm Bill Bottom Feeder Program Must Be Stopped

    11/24/2013 3:57:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | November 24, 2013 | David Williams
    Throughout the history of the country, Congress has done some pretty dumb things and their recent abysmal approval ratings shows that the American public is losing faith. Not to say its an institution built on imprudent thoughts and actions. No. In reality its a venerable institution responsible for some of the most important legal, social and political advancements in modern history. But its hasnt always been smooth sailing. For example, Congress once earmarked $50,000 in taxpayer money to support a museum honoring mules? Congress also spent $1.9 million on a Center for Public Service that would eventually honor a member...
  • Farm bill takes aim at state animal welfare laws

    11/19/2013 3:22:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2013 3:08 AM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    The future of state laws that regulate everything from the size of a hens cage to the safe consumption of Gulf oysters may be at stake as farm bill negotiators work to resolve a long-simmering fight between agriculture and animal welfare interests. The House Agriculture Committee added language to its version of the farm bill earlier this year that says a state cannot impose certain production standards on agricultural products sold in interstate commerce. The provision, authored by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is aimed at a California law that will require all eggs sold in the state to come from...
  • A Farm Bill in Name Only

    11/17/2013 8:38:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | November 17, 2013 | Ed Feulner
    To paraphrase a famous Mark Twain quote, suppose you passed a farm bill. And suppose you passed a food stamp bill. But I repeat myself. Hard as it may be to believe, 80 percent of the farm bill being hammered out by the Senate and the House of Representatives is made up not of agriculture programs, but of food stamps. And if that sounds upside down to you, you clearly dont live inside the Beltway, where Orwellian logic is the order of the day. Why are food stamps rolled into the legislation? Theyre included purely from a political perspective, Sen....
  • Milk of Human Blindness

    09/04/2013 1:51:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | September 4, 2013 | John Stossel
    The Denver Post warns, "Milk, food prices could rise if Congress fails to act." Congress is working on a farm bill, which, among other things, will set limits on how high or low milk prices can be in different regions of the country. Politicians from both parties like to meddle in agriculture. When the Heritage Foundation told Republicans not to pass any farm bill, "conservative" politicians banned Heritage from their weekly meetings. But why should politicians be involved in agriculture? Why should they set food prices, any more than they set the price of books or staplers? The market decides...
  • $36 Million in Farm Subsidies Paid to Dead People, GAO Reports

    07/30/2013 12:09:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 30, 2013 | by Susanna Kim
    The federal government has paid as much as $35.9 million in farm subsidies to dead people, a watchdog agency claims. The subsidies were part of the $20 billion a year effort to support farmers with crop insurance, conservation efforts and disaster assistance administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2008 to 2012. Two of the departments agencies do not have procedures in place consistent with federal internal control standards to prevent potentially improper subsidies on behalf of deceased individuals, the Government Accountability Office said in a 25-page report released Monday.
  • Farm Bill Squeaks By in Win for GOP Leaders (Updated)

    07/11/2013 10:17:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Roll Call ^ | July 11, 2013 | Matt Fuller
    House GOP leaders took a big gamble Thursday in bringing a farm bill without food stamps to the floor, and it paid off just barely. The House passed the bill 216-208, inching across a 213-vote threshold without a single Democrat supporting the measure.
  • Freep a Poll! (Fox. How should Congress deal with the farm bill?

    07/11/2013 4:02:18 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies ^ | 7-11-13 | Fox News
    How should Congress deal with the farm bill? Drop food stamps from the bill, deal with that separately Impose more cuts to food stamps, but keep that in the farm bill Food stamps are fine -- it's the farm subsidies that need to be slashed Cut both food stamps and farm subsidies The debt is $17 trillion -- cut farm subsidies, food stamps and just keep going
  • Obviously: White House issues veto threat on a farm bill without food stamps

    07/11/2013 1:12:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/11/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    This farm-bill debacle really is turning into quite the — er, interesting? — case study of American politics. On Wednesday evening, House Republicans did indeed come up with some legislation that stripped food stamps from the farm bill, the intention being to split them up into two more easily scrutable issues and end the usual omnibus political momentum their pairing produces. Their new legislation is purely concerned with, ahem, what I will very generously refer to as “agricultural policy,” and the CBO just came out with their new scoring on the split bill, via The Hill: The CBO said that...
  • 10 Reasons the Farm Bill Makes No Sense

    07/09/2013 5:37:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | June 18, 2013. | Chris Edwards
    Congress is gearing up to pass a major farm bill for the first time since 2008, and this years bill threatens to be much larger than the last one. Farm subsidies make political sense for many members of Congress. But they make no practical sense because they damage the economy, hurt the environment, and are grossly unfair. So in the hopes that the practical will prevail over the political, here are 10 reasons why both the House and Senate should go back to the drawing board with their legislation: 1.) The farm bill is far too costly. George W. Bush...
  • Gasp: House considering splitting up farm bill, and the Ag chairman might be okay with it

    07/09/2013 1:22:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/09/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Could the time actually be ripe to end the perennial pairing of the federal food stamp program together with U.S. agricultural “policy” (hem, hem) into a single “farm bill,” and thereby break up the perverse urban-rural synergy that usually ensures the bill’s passage and deliberately obfuscates its many moving parts? On Monday night, National Review reported that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor got pretty frank about his perturbation with GOP chairmen over the unexpected and epic fail of the House farm-bill proposal in June; nevertheless, Roll Call reports today, House leadership has been moving forward with their plan to whip-count...
  • Cantor Scolds Committee Chairmen (Pork-Laden Farm Bill)

    07/09/2013 4:17:05 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 8, 2013 | Robert Costa
    In a tense, closed-door meeting today at the Capitol, House majority leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) scolded several Republican committee chairmen for voting against the farm bill that failed to pass the House last month. According to several sources, Cantor told the chairmen it was unacceptable for them to not vote together on final passage, especially since the leadership supported their amendments to the agricultural package. (snip) Near the end, Cantor coolly reminded them that the leadership is much more likely to usher their bills to the floor if they stick with him on votes.
  • While the farm bill meanders, food stamp rolls keep expanding

    07/08/2013 2:06:55 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 8,2013 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    That pesky ol farm bill i.e., the gigantic bill that includes both food stamp programs and agriculture subsidies and therefore brings together an urban-rural coalition of votes that ensures minimum transparency and maximum momentum is still a lingering action item on Congresss agenda, after the House versions tremendous crash-and-burn last month. Some unruly conservatives had the audacity to object to a mere three percent annual cut in the $80 billion/year food stamp program, while some precocious Democrats at the same time thought that that and additional work requirements were far too draconian. (Trillion dollar deficits, people. Trillion. Dollar....
  • Crucial decision on $939 billion farm bill looms for Boehner

    07/07/2013 4:46:39 AM PDT · by onyx · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/07/13 06:00 AM ET | By Erik Wasson
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) faces a crucial choice in the coming days: what to do with the $939 billion farm bill. [WATCH VIDEO] The bill failed on the House floor last month in a 195 to 234 vote, spurring conservative calls for Boehner to split the legislation into farm spending and food stamps before it is brought back to the floor. Behind the scenes, the fight over the bill is pitting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) against Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.). While Cantor wants to divide the bill and cut more spending, Lucas wants to keep it...
  • On Farm Bill, House GOP Prepared to Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

    07/03/2013 1:54:04 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 7 replies ^ | july 3, 2013 | Dan Holler
    After the stunning defeat of the food stamp and farm bill last month on the House floor, multiple reports have surfaced that Republican leaders are considering separating food stamps from farm programs. Now, thanks to unscripted, public comments by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), we know talk of separating the bill is nothing more than a procedural gimmick intended to perpetuate the status quo. Asked about the so-called farm bill, Rep. Roe acknowledged he thought the farm bill was about farming; it turns out its really not. He explained for the first time, were going to separate the farm bill from...
  • Urban-rural alliance breaks down on farm bill vote

    07/02/2013 6:19:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 2, 2013 4:42 AM EDT | Thomas Beaumont
    For decades, country and city interests had come together every few years to pass the farm bill, a measure that provided billions of dollars in subsidies to farmers and businesses in rural areas and food stamp money for urbanites. No more. The recent defeat of this years farm billtraditionally a sturdy, albeit lonely pillar of cooperation in Washingtonhighlighted how the country-city political marriage became yet another victim of partisan politics in polarizing times. Heres how the breakdown of a longtime coalition happened: Newly emboldened conservative groups pressured rural-state Republicansmany representing agricultural districtswith radio ad campaigns to oppose the five-year...
  • Wrestling Over Food Stamps Dooms The Farm Bill

    06/29/2013 5:00:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/29/2013 | Rodrigo Semeno
    WASHINGTON The farm bill collapsed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, as divisions over food stamp cuts and the shape of future agriculture subsidies continue to divide Congress along party lines and within GOP ranks. The House rejected the bill by a vote of 195 to 234, with 62 Republicans opposing the bill and only 24 Democrats voting in favor of it. The latest setback for the $939 billion agriculture bill came a week after the Senate had already passed its $955 billion version. Republicans blamed Democrats for the bills outcome, while others blamed the Republican leadership...
  • Farmers warn of high milk prices without farm bill

    06/28/2013 5:15:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 28, 2013 5:59 PM EDT | M.L. Johnson
    Dairy farmers expressed frustration this week with Congress failure to pass a farm bill, saying the uncertainty made it hard to do business and some could go under without changes to the federal milk program. Farmers also worried that if a current nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill expires with no action, a 64-year-old law will kick in, sending milk prices spiraling. While that might provide short-term profits, they say, itd hurt them in the long run because no one wants to buy milk at $6 a gallon.
  • Farm Bill a Victory For Smaller Government

    06/26/2013 7:36:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | June 25, 2013 | Tim Phillips
    The unimaginable happened for the second time this year on Thursday. Fiscal conservatives held their ground against expanding the size and scope of government. The Farm Bill failed passage in the House due to a coalition of conservative votes who thought there was too much spending, and ironically big-spending Democrats who felt there was too little. With Boehners announcement two weeks ago that he would be voting in favor of the bill, the likelihood of its passage seemed almost imminent. Even withstanding those odds, thousands of Americans rallied with phone calls, emails and outreach to keep the pressure on those...
  • Reid pressures House to pass farm bill

    06/25/2013 2:22:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 24, 2013 6:00 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    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...
  • The Farm Bill Falls - Conservatives refused to vote for more of the same food-stamp spending.

    06/22/2013 3:39:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 21, 2013 | Katrina Trinko
    In 2008, a mere 14 senators and 109 House members voted against overriding President George W. Bushs veto of the farm bill. Sure, food-stamp spending which compromises about 80 percent of the spending authorized by the bill had significantly increased in recent years. But traditionally, the farm bill, which also subsidizes the agriculture industry, had been one area where Republicans, particularly in affected geographical areas, tended to forgo free-market advocacy. This time was different. No one who even pretends to call themselves a conservative could vote for this bill, says Heritage Foundation president and former senator Jim DeMint....
  • Trouble for Boehner, dairy prices? Guide to farm bill defeat

    06/22/2013 11:28:37 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 15 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 20, 2013 | by Chad Pergram
    In a surprise defeat for GOP leaders, the House on Thursday rejected a massive farm bill. ~~snip~~ What the farm bill defeat means for other big issues: ~~snip~~ This unexpected farm bill defeat portends potentially bad things as the House proceeds to other major issues later this year. Very soon, the House may have to tackle immigration reform -- to say nothing of the effort come fall to try to keep the government open and raise the debt ceiling. Failure to pass the farm bill, by far the simplest of any of these issues, is not good for the House...
  • Harris-Perry: Boehner 'Super-Villian', Pelosi 'One Of History's Most Effective'

    06/22/2013 8:36:34 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On her MSNBC show this morning, Melissa Harris-Perry vilified John Boehner as a "super-villian," a "bad guy" and "pitiful." His sin? Failing to pass the farm bill. So who is MH-P's idea of a good Speaker? Why, Nancy Pelosi, of course. Harris-Perry praised Pelosi as "one of the most effective leaders in the House's history." So effective that, as a result of her disastrous leadership, Pelosi's Dem House caucus went down to crushing electoral defeat in 2010. View the video here.
  • Excellent: Senate introduces a bill to abolish RFS biofuels mandate

    06/21/2013 6:17:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6:31 pm on June 21, 2013 | by Erika Johnsen
    In an epic and unexpected turn of events on Thursday, the House version of the farm bill failed to gain enough traction to make it into conference with the Senate, but the fact that the farm bill lives on in its current form wedded to food stamps and chock-full of more agribusiness pork than you can shake a stick at is a deplorable testament to the staying power of farm subsidies and the lobbyists who love them. Once you start handing out subsidies, the relevant special interests are reliably reluctant to let them go, and most unfortunately, the...
  • Farm Bill's Surprise Defeat A Win For Common Sense

    06/21/2013 3:57:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies ^ | June 21, 2013 | Editorial
    Legislation: Congress on Friday rejected the nearly $1 trillion farm bill by a vote of 234 to 195. So what? you ask. For one, it had never happened. For another, it shows rank-and-file politicians are getting nervous. That the measure went down in flames is a good thing, even if the reasons each party had for opposing it were radically different. Even calling it a "farm" bill was a misnomer. It was really a bloated welfare bill that would have kept subsidies in place for wealthy farmers while supersizing spending on food stamps. The bill's $940 billion price tag over...
  • Agribusiness lobbyists pretty upset about that farm bills failure right about now

    06/21/2013 6:09:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/21/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    The House version of the farm bill that failed to glean the necessary votes to pass and move to conference with the Senate’s version on Thursday afternoon certainly might not have been the most watched or well-known piece of legislation hanging over the country, but the fact that it was unexpectedly thwarted was quite the dramatic turn of events on Capitol Hill.The many farm and agribusiness lobbyists who were relying on the bill’s passage to safeguard the status quo and their countless specially interested, pork-tossing programs were shocked — righteously, indignantly shocked, I say! — and plan to continue to...
  • House defeats farm bill amid bipartisan opposition

    06/20/2013 11:24:27 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 151 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/20/13
    <p>More than 60 House Republicans defected and voted against the half-trillion-dollar bill, which sets funding for farm subsidies and other assistance as well as food stamps.</p> <p>The vote was 234-195 against the bill.</p>
  • White House threatens to veto House farm bill because it isnt expensive enough

    06/18/2013 9:29:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/18/2013 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    Both Senate and House versions of the farm bill that Congress is looking to pass, preferably in short order and definitely before the current bill expires this September, are little better than deliberately gigantic messes full of an impressively convoluted combination of food stamps, corporate pork, tricky amendments, and completely unnecessary federal special treatment that agribusiness lobby claims agriculture for some reason deserves above all other economic sectors. The Hill has a useful rundown of some of the major battles that still need to be fought within Congress before they can agree upon a final bill, but one of the...
  • White House threatens veto of House farm bill

    06/17/2013 5:12:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2013 7:06 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    The White House is threatening to veto the House version of a massive, five-year farm bill, saying food stamp cuts included in the legislation could leave some Americans hungry. The House is preparing to consider the bill this week. The legislation would cut $2 billion annually, or around 3 percent, from food stamps and make it harder for some people to qualify for the program. Food stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, cost almost $80 billion last year, twice the amount it cost five years ago. The Senate passed its version of the farm bill last...
  • As U.S. House takes up farm bill, groups warn of hidden costs

    06/14/2013 3:06:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 14, 2013 | By Charles Abbott
    As the U.S. House of Representatives gets ready to debate a $500 billion, five-year farm bill, environmentalists and fiscal hawks warn the legislation could leave taxpayers on the hook for expensive new subsidies to growers if crop prices fall. House Speaker John Boehner this week said he would vote for the bill, despite misgivings over dairy subsidies, and that a majority of House Republicans would support the bill. "I've got concerns," Boehner said of the farm bill. "But doing nothing means that we get no changes in the farm program, no changes in the nutrition program and as a result,...
  • "Say-on-pay: A farm bill issue" from Politico

    06/06/2013 5:14:17 PM PDT · by reformed_democrat
    Politico ^ | 6-4-2013 | David Rogers
    "As shareholders in those associations[banks and co-ops that make up the Farm Credit System], farmers and ranchers would be guaranteed a say-on-pay vote if compensation for the top corporate officers jumped by 15 percent or more in a single year."
  • Farm bill follies: 80% of $955B for funding of food stamps

    06/06/2013 3:51:03 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6 Jun 13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Almost 80 percent of the Senates proposed farm bill a $955 billion measure will be used to pay for food stamps in the coming decade. The trillion-dollar farm and food stamp bill should not be called the Farm Bill, said Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham, to Breitbart. Washington doesnt want Americans to know that 80 percent of the spending in the bill goes to fund Obamas big-government, food stamp agenda. As for the remaining 20 percent? That goes for price supports for farmers an equally disturbing federal disbursement, Mr. Needham said, in the Breitbart report....