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    Congress Failed to Eliminate Costly Food Stamp Loophole

    It took Congress months to come up with a farm bill, but in the end all it did was make a miniscule tweak to a problematic loophole in the food stamp program known as “heat and eat.” But their small reform doesn’t seem to be working. As we explain in … More

    “Heat and Eat” Food Stamp Loophole Costs Taxpayers

    Governors in seven states are flouting a reform from last month’s farm bill by continuing to exploit a food stamp loophole that will cost taxpayers billions. At least five others are planning or considering following suit. The loophole, which is dubbed “heat and eat,” allows food stamp recipients to qualify … More

    The Sneaky Way Three States Are Getting Around a New Food Stamp Reform

    Three states are trying to get around a new minor reform Congress made to the food stamp program. In the farm bill it passed earlier this month, Congress tightened a loophole dubbed “Heat and Eat” that has made it possible for states to artificially boost the amount of food stamp … More

    How Some Farm Bill Provisions Help Special Interests – And Hurt the Taxpayer

    Tomorrow, the Senate will have a chance to address real reform and the needs of the public, or to go with the status quo and the welfare of special interests. The New Farm Bill, which is expected to be up for a vote in the Senate tomorrow: Spends More than … More

    A Soviet Central Planner Would Blush at What House Republicans Voted For

    Every five years, Congress takes a holiday from the principles that made this country  great and turns to central planning policies that were in vogue in 1933. This nightmare holiday is the farm bill. Right on cue, the current Republican-led House passed a nearly $1 trillion farm bill Wednesday that … More

    What Congress Did While You Were Talking About the State of the Union

    Congress is very fond of two things: throwing a bunch of stuff into one bill and rushing bills through while Americans are focused on other news. While people were talking about the State of the Union, they’ve done it again with the $1 trillion farm bill. The “farm bill” passed … More

    You Won’t Believe What’s in the $1 Trillion Farm Bill Disaster

    The farm bill isn’t getting the attention it deserves.  Congress is likely very aware of this fact and is pouncing on a chance to get its farm bill through.  Tonight’s State of the Union address further provides cover for what Congress is about to do to the American public this … More

    Big Bank Account? No Problem. You May Still Qualify for Food Stamps

    Under existing federal policy, it doesn’t matter how much money you have in your bank account: you can still be eligible for food stamps. A policy known as “broad-based categorical eligibility” allows applicants to bypass asset tests, meaning  food stamp recipients could have an unlimited amount of assets, but if … More

    Disturbing Reports Show Problems of Farm Bill “Logrolling”

    As the farm bill debate presses on, recent reports clearly show why separating farm programs from food stamps is so important. After the House took the step of separating food stamps and farm programs into two bills, it put them back into one bill for negotiations with the Senate. The … More

    House Conservatives Reaffirm Push for Separate Food Stamp, Farm Bills

    As negotiations continue over the farm bill, conservative members of Congress voiced their commitment to keeping agriculture programs separate from food stamps. “This House made the biggest reform that we could’ve hoped for in this Congress, and that was when we separated out the food stamps from the farm bill,” … More