CORRECTED: House narrowly passes farm bill

07/11/2013 05:17:00 PM
Tom Karst

“While we were hopeful the farm bill would not be split, nor permanent law repealed, we will now focus our efforts on working with lawmakers to deliver a farm bill to the president’s desk for his signature by September,” Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, D.C., said in a statement.

Conservative groups were critical that the House didn’t cut some programs even more.

“Rather than take advantage of the blank slate of a split bill to improve the bill’s operation or trim its cost, House Republicans have instead passed a bill that cuts $1 billion less from agriculture programs than the bill passed by Senate Democrats, and $25 billion less than the cuts proposed by the Obama administration,” R Street senior fellow Andrew Moylan said in a news release. R Street is a conservative think tank based in Washington D.C.

Note on correction: The original version of this story incorrectly stated the programs included in the nutrition title the farm bill.

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Illinois  |  July, 13, 2013 at 08:10 AM

This is an example of how dysfunctional the leadership of the House has become. The bill the present seems to be at odds with what they say is their "principled" leadership. In my experience, mules are more principled than they are. They have other more useful characteristics too, like getting work done. Even their most obvious byproduct has a better ambience. They don't let their lack of reproductive assets get in the way of being useful? Why does the House?

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