House Farm Bill Includes $8 Billion Of Cuts To Food Stamps

By: Monday February 3, 2014 10:30 am

After extensive negotiations and public shaming the House of Representatives did what it was going to do anyway and cut food stamps. So just be happy the bill only cuts food stamps by $8 billion instead of the $39 billion the Republicans initially wanted? Yes, in a time of record poverty and high unemployment one [...]

Farm Bill Set to Expire as Congress Leaves for Elections

By: Friday September 21, 2012 7:08 am

Today is the last day of the legislative session before Election Day. Lawmakers will go home to campaign on September 21, which is the earliest date during an election cycle in decades. And they leave a lot of pending legislation on the table. As John Boehner announced in the above clip, the House plans to [...]

House Leaders Drop Farm Bill Extension, Will Instead Push Disaster Relief

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 8:15 am

Forget about the farm bill. The House GOP leadership has dropped their efforts to pass a one-year extension of farm programs under current policy, weeks after they dropped efforts to pass a Republican version of the farm bill which has passed the House Agriculture Committee. With substantial opposition on both sides to continuing a program [...]

Farm Bill Deal Reached for Amendments in Senate

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 9:16 am

The Senate reached a deal on amendments to the farm bill, which will allow them to begin voting today. In all, 73 mostly but not entirely germane amendments will be voted upon, stretched over two days, with the goal of wrapping up the bill by the end of the week. So what is in this [...]

Farm Bill Would Slash Food Stamps In Favor of Corporate Subsidies to Crop Insurers

By: Wednesday June 13, 2012 12:49 pm

The farm bill is always one of the more sausage-making bills in Congress, actually literally so. Every five years agribusiness interests and the politicians who get contributions from them divy up a giant pot of money and ensure that the corporate welfare can keep flowing. In previous years, subsidies went to commodity crops like corn [...]

Green Scissors Coalition Identifies Hundreds of Billions in Wasteful Subsidies

By: Wednesday August 24, 2011 2:23 pm

The next couple months will be consumed with discussion about the Catfood Commission II, and their efforts to reach a $1.5 trillion or higher deficit package. This will frustrate any attempt to pivot to jobs. But as long as that’s known, activists and organizations can point out best practices on that committee while trying to [...]

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