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Farm Bill: The House May Be Back at It Again
Posted By Daren Bakst On July 10, 2013 @ 1:49 pm In Featured,Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
The House is expected to separate food stamps from the agriculture programs of the farm bill. This would be a major victory for those seeking reform , and the House should be commended for this action.
However, the House has been considering taking the agriculture sections of the previously rejected House farm bill and packaging them together as one bill. This agriculture-only bill could be voted on soon, without any legislator from either party being allowed to introduce an amendment.
The House is missing the whole point of separation: By separating food stamps and farm programs, each can be considered on its own merits in two distinct bills, making real reform a possibility. The House, though, would ignore the need for reform if it just repackaged the agriculture sections of the failed farm bill.
This agriculture-only farm bill:
These problems are only magnified by the fact that there would be a closed process not allowing amendments to the bill. The House would be trying to shove legislation down the throats of the American public without allowing their Representatives a chance to shape the bill.
The current agriculture portions of the House bill need to be reformed. They were flawed when they were combined with the food stamp program, and they will still be flawed if they are separated from food stamps. These sections don’t magically get better by being on their own.
When a bill makes Obama look fiscally responsible, it’s a financial fiasco. When the process would trample on open and representative government, it’s an insult to American citizens.
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URLs in this post:
 those seeking reform: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/07/08/seven-ugly-truths-about-the-house-farm-bill/
 far more: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/19/house-farm-bill-spends-more-than-obama-on-most-expensive-farm-program/
 new programs: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/06/proposed-new-farm-programs-costly-and-risky-for-taxpayers
 expressed concern: http://farmpolicy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/101711_FarmBureau_FarmBillShallowLoss.pdf
 sugar: http://www.ita.doc.gov/media/Publications/abstract/sugar2006desc.html
 dairy: http://www.gao.gov/assets/250/245016.pdf
 program: http://rsc.scalise.house.gov/uploadedfiles/waste_action_alert--map.pdf
 green light to tax Christmas trees: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/04/obamas-christmas-tree-tax-is-back/
 tax programs: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/ams.fetchTemplateData.do?template=TemplateB&navID=ResearchandPromotion&leftNav=ResearchandPromotion&page=ResearchandPromotion&acct=AMSPW
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