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    A Fourth-Generation Farmer Makes His Case for Splitting the "Farm" Bill

    Nearly a year ago, Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the unholy alliance between food stamps and agriculture policy — known in Washington as the farm bill — must come to an end. Congress failed to take that advice, … 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

    Seven Reasons to Reform Food Stamps

    Food stamps were a popular topic of conversation last month as Congress debated the farm bill. This decades-old Great Society program is in much need of reform for at least seven reasons: Food stamp spending has surged. Costs have been climbing since the program began in the 1960s, recession or … More

    The Farm Bill Failed. Now What? House Conservatives Weigh In

    The U.S. House’s rejection of the nearly trillion-dollar “farm” bill has prompted talk on Capitol Hill of separating the legislation into two parts: agriculture programs and food stamps. But will members of Congress support the split? It’s a decision Heritage policy experts Daren Bakst and Rachel Sheffield put at the … More

    Farm Bill: The House of Second Chances

    The farm bill died in the House—but could it live again? House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is reportedly pushing to split up the old farm bill and take food stamps out of it. The Heritage Foundation has argued that it didn’t make sense to combine the bloated food stamp … 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

    U.S. House Rejects Food Stamp and Farm Bill

    The House’s bipartisan rejection of the near trillion dollar “farm” bill demonstrates that Congress is beginning to listen to Americans. Voters and taxpayers have said they’ve seen enough wasteful, reckless spending come out of Washington. Today’s win should be considered a victory for taxpayers and a reaffirmation of fiscal responsibility. … More

    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

    Speaker Boehner: What’s “Free Market” About the Farm Bill?

    The latest House action on the $1 trillion farm bill comes straight from the playbook “Do as I Say, Not as I Do.” House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) says: “I am a proud advocate for free markets and fair trade.” Representative Frank Lucas (R–OK), chairman of the House Committee on … More

    Farm Bill Barely Nibbles at Food Stamps

    As the debate over the farm bill continues, a great deal of hoopla has been made about cuts to the food stamps program. The Obama Administration has called the proposed cuts “harmful” and “unacceptable,” and has even threatened to veto the bill because of the cuts. But what exactly are … More