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    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

    Parenting 101: Doling Out Farm Bill Subsidies to the “Kids”?

    The House and Senate farm bills would repeal the costly and indefensible direct payment program, which sends taxpayer dollars to people who don’t even plant a seed. But instead of just getting rid of direct payments, Congress has felt the need to add new programs that could be even costlier. … More

    Tea Party Supporters Should Continue to Back Free Trade

    Recent media reports have questioned whether “Tea Party” members support free trade. Historically, the record is clear: Tea partiers were America’s original free traders. In 1773, American colonists dumped 340 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor rather than pay tariffs on imported tea. Less than three years later, signers … More

    5 Immigration Questions

    During the August congressional recess, a pro-amnesty coalition of business and union interests is putting the squeeze on members of the House of Representatives to pass a “comprehensive immigration reform” bill similar to the Senate-passed monstrosity. But hard-working Americans also have a voice and can speak up in town halls … More

    Things That Aren't Inevitable: The Farm Bill

    Don’t you love it when the conventional wisdom gets turned on its head? What was supposed to happen in Washington a couple of weeks ago—passing the pork-laden food stamp bill known as the “farm” bill—didn’t happen. The special interests expected it to happen. Most of official Washington expected it to … More

    Environmentalists Sue, Settle, and Apologize Later

    Environmental groups are the biggest abusers of a legal tactic known as “sue and settle,” according to a recent report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It works this way: An environmental advocacy group sues a federal agency—usually the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Department of Interior—charging that the government … 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

    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

    Thoughts About the Washington State Bridge Collapse and Transportation

    Thankfully there were no fatalities in the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge that crosses the Skagit River in Washington State last night. The thoughts and prayers of The Heritage Foundation are with the people injured and their families. As is the case immediately following any tragedy, it is too … More

    Keystone XL and Natural Gas Provide Energy Trade Opportunities

    In June 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama said, “If we continue to let our trade policy be dictated by special interests, then American workers will continue to be undermined, and public support for robust trade will continue to erode.” That’s exactly what’s happening with respect to energy trade. Special interests … More