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  • Food Stamps Scare Tactics

    When the House passed its “farm-only” farm bill last week, there was plenty to be critical about, including how the bill was rushed through the process and didn’t provide real reforms to agriculture policy. The bill did take the important procedural step of separating food stamps from agriculture policy so … More

    What the House Farm Bill's Passage Means

    House Republicans passed a farm bill today with a vote of 216 to 208. When the House leadership first announced it would separately consider the food stamp and farm components of the “farm” bill, it looked like they got the message that current farm policy was in dire need of … More

    Farm Bill: The House May Be Back at It Again

    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 … More

    7 Ugly Truths About the House Farm Bill

    The recently defeated House farm bill was fundamentally flawed. The House can now fix these flaws by going back to the drawing board and developing real reforms. To adopt necessary reforms, the House needs to separate food stamps from the farm programs and consider each on its own merit in … More

    Farm Bill Defeat Is a Chance to Get Things Right

    The House’s rejection of the food stamp/farm bill was a major victory for fiscal responsibility and limited government. Instead of adopting a fundamentally flawed $1 trillion farm bill, the House shot down the legislation by a 195–234 bipartisan vote. Bill proponents have consistently claimed throughout the farm bill debate that … More

    House Farm Bill Would Outspend Obama on Most Expensive Farm Program

    The House farm bill would spend more than Obama on the most expensive farm program. Yes, you read that right. President Obama hasn’t all of a sudden become a fiscal conservative, but even he evidently recognizes how out of hand the crop insurance program has become. When it comes to … More

    Chart of the Week: This Farm Bill 56 Percent More Costly Than Last

    The House is expected to take up its farm bill this week. As it does, legislators should bear in mind the excessive costs of the bill. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected the last farm bill, in 2008, to cost $604 billion. The new House farm bill is projected to … More

    20 Completely Unjustified Programs in the House Farm Bill

    The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a $1 trillion package of agriculture subsidies and welfare benefits that exemplifies warped federal policy. Within its 575 pages, the proposed Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act includes massive spending on food stamps, a bumper crop of insurance subsidies, and … More

    Obama’s Christmas Tree Tax Is Back

    It’s never too early for Washington, D.C., politicians to dampen the holiday spirit. The House Agriculture Committee approved an amendment to its farm bill that would lift the stay blocking implementation of President Obama’s Christmas tree tax. We should be thankful the Agriculture Committee doesn’t have jurisdiction over toys. The … More

    Crop Insurance Reform Would Save Lots of Taxpayer Money

    Crop insurance is probably not the first thing you want to talk about at a cocktail party. It isn’t sexy. However, it starts looking a lot prettier when common-sense reforms to crop insurance could save taxpayers billions of dollars. The Senate is currently debating its bloated farm bill. The Congressional … More