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Morning Bell: Washington Is Cuckoo for Food Stamps
Posted By Amy Payne On June 20, 2013 @ 7:34 am In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
UPDATE: The U.S. House defeated the $940 billion food stamp and farm bill  by a vote of 195 to 234. Today’s win should be considered a victory for taxpayers and a reaffirmation of fiscal responsibility.
The House is debating its farm bill this week—and now Democrats are saying it doesn’t spend enough on food stamps.
In an odd turn, House Republicans like John Boehner (R-OH) have thrown support  behind this bill, which would lock in the Obama era’s historically high levels of food stamp spending.
But this isn’t enough for the White House. President Obama now says he will veto the farm bill if it passes, because it doesn’t spend enough on food stamps. Along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), he is decrying “cuts” to the food stamp program.
Cuts? The nearly $1 trillion bill in the House is projected to cost 56 percent more  than the last farm bill in 2008. Actual costs will likely be much greater, just like in 2008.
Heritage agriculture expert Daren Bakst says, “That’s not a cut.”
Heritage’s Rachel Sheffield notes  that “Far from deep cuts, the farm bill simply maintains historically high levels of food stamp spending” and that one in seven Americans receives food stamp benefits each month.
“This is not about being against food stamps or against farm programs,” Bakst says. “We’re not talking about taking away a safety net from the struggling small farmer. What we’re talking about is trying to develop some reforms to make some commonsense changes.”
It’s important for taxpayers to know how Congress intends to spend their money. And both food stamps and farm programs need reforms , not rubber stamping. The farm-related programs present their own set of problems: The House’s bill actually would spend MORE  than President Obama’s budget called for on the most expensive farm program. How did that happen?
With such a controversial, massive program at issue here, why not address food stamps separately ?
Food stamps are in the “farm” bill for only one reason: “It helps get the farm bill passed.”  That’s how Senator Thad Cochran (R–MS), ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, explained it.
That’s not a good reason.
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URLs in this post:
 defeated the $940 billion food stamp and farm bill: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/20/u-s-house-rejects-food-stamp-and-farm-bill/
 isn’t how we picture farms at all: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/05/30/morning-bell-who-really-gets-farm-bill-money-infographic/
 has doubled under the Obama Administration: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/09/19/food-stamp-participation-doubled-among-able-bodied-adults-after-obama-suspended-work-requirement/
 House Republicans like John Boehner (R-OH) have thrown support: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/13/morning-bell-ask-john-boehner-why-farm-bill/
 56 percent more: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/15/chart-of-the-week-farm-bill-56-percent-more-costly/
 notes: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/18/farm-bill-barely-nibbles-at-food-stamps/
 both food stamps and farm programs need reforms: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/05/17/food-stamps-and-farm-programs-some-things-just-dont-go-together/
 actually would spend MORE: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/19/house-farm-bill-spends-more-than-obama-on-most-expensive-farm-program/
 “It helps get the farm bill passed.”: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/05/a-farm-bill-primer-10-things-you-should-know-about-the-farm-bill
 A Farmer’s Case Against the Farm Bill: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/18/a-farmers-case-against-the-farm-bill/
 Heritage Libertad: http://www.libertad.org/
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 dispute the claims: http://freebeacon.com/experts-dispute-cbo-report-on-immigration-reform/
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