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    Morning Bell: Washington Is Cuckoo for Food Stamps

    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 … 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

    Morning Bell: Congress Is Trying to Fool You on Immigration

    Congress is trying to fool you. Here’s how they do business. A piece of legislation is going to cost trillions of dollars, but Members of Congress don’t want the public to see that. Instead, they have the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) look at the bill for just the first 10 … More

    Should Food Stamps Be in Farm Bill? Congressman Seeks to Split Legislation

    Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), a fourth-generation farmer, is asking his House colleagues to separate the food stamp program from the “farm” bill. Stutzman said he filed an amendment that would allow the House to vote on a farm-only farm bill. Lawmakers begin debate on the bill Tuesday. Stutzman outlined similar … More

    Senator Ted Cruz Says Farm Bill "Does Considerably More Harm Than Good"

    The U.S. Senate voted 66 to 27 today for the farm bill, legislation that costs nearly $1 trillion and is composed mostly of food stamps. Heritage has highlighted the flaws of the “farm” bill, noting the “tangle of agriculture subsidies, welfare payments, and environmental patronage.” Today’s vote in the Senate … More

    Four Words to Watch in the Immigration Debate

    The Senate will begin debate on the Gang of Eight’s immigration proposal next week. Here are four words to watch out for as the Senators make their case—and warnings about what they might mean. 1. COST “Cost” is one word that should come up in the immigration debate, because the … More

    Burma: Drawing the Line on Military Relations

    Late last night, the House Armed Services Committee drew a line on American military relations with Burma. The committee passed an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act offered by Representative Trent Franks (R–AZ) expressing the sense of Congress that “the Department of Defense should fully consider and assess … More

    Treasury Employs Extraordinary Measures to Spend Beyond Debt Limit

    After hitting the debt limit on March 19, the Treasury Department under Secretary Jack Lew is now employing its toolset of “extraordinary measures” to continue deficit spending without legally breaching the debt limit. It will provide about $260 billion in borrowing capacity, which should last beyond at least Labor Day, … More

    Cloakroom: Appropriations Season

    Analysis: This week, the House will begin taking up the 12 annual appropriations bills that fund the government. Up first will be the bills that fund the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security, and military construction. The two bills will be considered under an open rule ensuring … More

    Morning Bell: Who Really Gets Farm Bill Money (in 5 Pictures)

    Whenever Congress throws too much into one bill, special interests profit. The massive farm bill—which is already 80 percent food stamps—is no exception. So what about the rest of the bill—the farm-related part? Heritage’s Diane Katz reports that it includes subsidies for more than a few surprising recipients. SHARE our … More