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    House OKs Farm Bill That Staggers Food Stamps, Agriculture Programs

    While the House of Representatives voted today to rejoin its food stamp bill with its agriculture-only farm bill, it took a critical step to ensure that separation of the farm bill becomes the norm in the future: It established staggered terms for these programs. Food stamps would be authorized for … More

    Convert Food Stamps to a Work Activation Program

    Earlier this summer, the House took an important step in separating the bloated farm bill into an agriculture-only bill and a food stamp bill, which was introduced yesterday. To make a stand-alone food stamp bill a truly worthwhile reform, it should include a mandatory work requirement for all able-bodied adults. … More

    Taking Milk from Babies: The Shocking New Farm Bill Strategy

    Some congressional leaders have a shocking new strategy to force through a farm bill at any cost. They are threatening to allow the price of milk to double as a way to compel both the House and Senate to pass any bill. This new strategy is reportedly the brainchild of … More

    Morning Bell: The Only Way to Reform the Farm Bill

    Lawmakers return to Washington today with only nine legislative days in the House before some farm bill programs expire at the end of the month. With the debt ceiling looming and Congress considering military action in Syria, it’s nearly impossible to develop real reforms. The best option before Congress is … More

    Animated Squirrels, Prunes, and Doggie Hair Gel: Your Tax Dollars at Work

    The federal government has spent more than $3 billion over the past 35 years to help multinational agriculture businesses with their overseas marketing. Taxpayers pay about $200 million per year to fund these business activities, which companies could do on their own. Apparently, at least to most House Members, the … More

    WATCH: Conversations with Conservatives

    Video streaming by Ustream Conservative members of Congress will gather today at 11:30 a.m. ET for the monthly Conversations with Conservatives briefing. Conversations with Conservatives is a group of free-market and liberty-minded congressmen who take questions form press and bloggers about the most important issues of the day. Today’s topics include the continuing … More

    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

    House Waives Three-Day Rule to Rush Vote on Farm Bill

    House Republicans were swept into office in January 2011 with promises of bringing greater transparency to the “people’s house.” One of those promises — included in the GOP’s “Pledge to America” and later enshrined in House rules — was a three-day period to provide members of Congress with adequate time … More

    Farm Bill: You'll Never Believe Where the House Wants to Spend Your Tax Dollars

    The House split up farm-related programs and food stamps, but they didn’t make a single reform to farm programs — and House leadership is hoping America doesn’t notice. The text of the farm-only bill was released late last night, and current plans are to vote on the bill as soon as … More