Farm Bill Passes Senate With Cuts To Food Stamps And Giveaways To Monsanto

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 5:52 am

The Senate has passed the Farm Bill which includes $8 billion of cuts to food stamps and $7 billion of increases to agribusiness. President Obama has said he will sign it into law. Game over. The talking points on the bill are that it changes direct subsidies to farmers with increased crop insurance which is [...]

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 [...]

President Obama Bashes Bloggers Then Shills For Monsanto

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 10:42 am

Obama 11:18am "Go argue for your position and push to change it" Obama 11:06am "don't listen to bloggers (arguing for their position)" — David Dayen (@ddayen) October 17, 2013 At today’s press conference President Obama retreated into his standard rhetorical routine, a civics lecture. No one is quite sure why he continually does this or [...]

Childhood Poverty Up Again

By: Tuesday June 25, 2013 7:44 am

Though the words “recovery” ring out in the corporate media the reality is unsurprisingly quite different. While only the rich have benefited from the financial crisis thanks to the State, one metric for prosperity or lack therefore continues to increase – childhood poverty. An annual survey released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows [...]

The Pileup Behind the Fiscal Slope, and the Consequences of Inaction

By: Friday December 21, 2012 7:03 am

Say what you will about the 2010 deal to extend the Bush tax cuts, which helped to set up what we’re seeing this month. But there was definitely a virtue in getting it done by early December, allowing for a productive lame duck session that repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, passed the New START arms [...]

The Agricultural Cliff

By: Monday December 10, 2012 9:15 am

Another serious cliff resulting from the silly way Congress does business concerns the failure to pass a farm bill earlier this year. The Senate passed its own with bipartisan support, the House Agriculture Committee passed a version and then the House leadership refused to put that onto the floor for a variety of reasons. They broke in September without a plan for passage, and the lame duck session has been consumed by negotiations through the media on the fiscal slope, without addressing the farm bill.

Lame Duck Congress Has Lots of Work to Do Even Without Fiscal Slope

By: Friday November 9, 2012 7:45 am

Among the many other reasons not to engage in a grand bargain during the lame duck session is that Congress actually needs to get busy with other matters. For a variety of reasons, mainly that they’re not good at their job, Congress left a multitude of items on the table for the lame duck, many [...]

Milk and Dairy Prices Set to Rise as Farm Bill Expires

By: Monday October 1, 2012 1:16 pm

The farm bill expired today, reverting some programs back to a 1949 level and totally eliminating others. The other day I looked at the consequences of expiration, and while many elements didn’t have much of an impact until the end of the year, in particular milk and dairy farmers were likely to feel the pinch [...]

What Does It Mean When the Farm Bill Expires?

By: Friday September 28, 2012 12:52 pm

This Sunday, the deadline will expire on the current farm bill. Many programs will revert back to the 1949 permanent legislation. However, provisions in the continuing resolution will keep food stamps, crop insurance, farmer subsidy programs and other funding streams moving through the system. That continuing resolution sets the USDA budget and will allow full [...]

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 [...]

Congress to Hightail it Out of Washington With Major Priorities Unfinished

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 6:54 am

Congress is in session this week for the final time this year before the election. I sort of shrugged this off as fairly typical for an election year, but it’s not. Usually, Congress stays in session until about a month before the election. Here they’re leaving with seven weeks to go. The do-nothing Congress has [...]

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