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A Fourth-Generation Farmer Makes His Case for Splitting the "Farm" Bill

Posted By Rob Bluey On July 8, 2013 @ 3:38 pm In Featured,Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled

Nearly a year ago, Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the unholy alliance between food stamps and agriculture policy [1] — known in Washington as the farm bill — must come to an end.

Congress failed to take that advice, preferring to stick with the status quo. The result: 62 Republicans bucked their own party to defeat the nearly trillion-dollar bill [2].

Now lobbyists and special-interest groups are fighting back, pressuring GOP leaders to keep the “farm” bill intact [3]. Remember, the farm bill was not only loaded with expensive programs and subsidies, but it would have also locked in President Obama’s expansion of food stamp spending.

Stutzman, a fourth-generation farmer from Indiana, will speak at The Bloggers Briefing on Tuesday about his #SplitTheBill [4] campaign. The Bloggers Briefing begins at 11:30 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on Livestream [5] (and on the player above).

The Bloggers Briefing will also feature a presentation from author Michael J. Daugherty, whose new book, “The Devil Inside the Beltway [6],” tells a real-life David vs. Goliath story of a medical laboratory taking on big government — involving extortion of small business and overreach into cybersecurity and medicine.


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URLs in this post:

[1] unholy alliance between food stamps and agriculture policy: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443687504577562900872562794.html

[2] 62 Republicans bucked their own party to defeat the nearly trillion-dollar bill: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/21/farm-bill-no-more-business-as-usual/

[3] pressuring GOP leaders to keep the “farm” bill intact: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/farm-bill-john-boehner-93668.html

[4] #SplitTheBill: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SplitTheBill

[5] broadcast on Livestream: http://www.livestream.com/heritagefoundation

[6] The Devil Inside the Beltway: http://michaeljdaugherty.com/the-devil-inside-the-beltway-coming-summer-2013-2/

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