Farm Bill Fail in House
The $939-billion Farm Bill failed in the House of Representatives.
In that bill included about $750-billion for food stamps. For that reason alone, Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rick Manning today praised the failure…
“The failure of the farm bill is a boon to taxpayers, who were going to be on the hook for $750 billion for food stamps over the next decade. Increases in eligibility for the food stamps program in recent years has, combined with the current recession and high unemployment, led to an explosion of program participation. Now, more than 47 million Americans are on food stamps, yet the program has zero transparency, with neither taxpayers nor Congress having any idea what food stamps are even spent on.”
“This should be a signal to Congress to at least separate the so-called farm bill in two. Farm subsidies and food stamps should each be considered on their merits. Both programs are in need of considerable reform. It is time for Congress to begin considering what is in the best interests of taxpayers instead of constantly doling out corporate subsidies and expanding welfare without question”.
This failure was not expected because historically farm bills have sailed through the house. The bill failed because democrats and republicans both opposed the bill, but for different reasons.
Most democrats opposed it because it cut spending on food stamps. Most conservative republicans opposed it because they didn’t think it cut spending enough.