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    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

    Rep. Marlin Stutzman Says Farm Bill is "Insulting" to Americans

    The Senate passed a farm bill by a vote of 66 to 27. Now the House will be taking up its version of the bill, which is expected to face opposition. Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) is among the House members critical of the farm bill. A fourth-generation farmer, he grew … More

    Farm Bill: Ask John Boehner WHY

    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) said yesterday that he will support the bloated farm bill. But as Heritage has been highlighting, this bill does not do what most people think it does. The nearly trillion-dollar bill actually doles out money to some surprising sources and frankly, it’s not … 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

    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

    Harry Reid's Ploy to Plow Through the Farm Bill

    The U.S. Senate is expected to vote this morning on a measure that will effectively end debate on the misnamed “farm” bill, cutting off opportunities to fix the deeply flawed legislation. At a cost of a nearly $1 trillion — 80 percent of which goes to the food-stamp program — … More

    Farm Bill Rock 'n' Roll

    What you are about to read is not satire or parody. The farm bill pending in the U.S. House of Representatives authorizes a new tax on rocks. Seriously. The House Agriculture Committee, in its infinite wisdom, has actually approved an amendment to the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act … 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

    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