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

By: Monday February 3, 2014 11:14 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.


Farm Bill Set to Expire as Congress Leaves for Elections

By: Friday September 21, 2012 7:30 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 adjourn without dealing with the farm bill. A bipartisan farm bill has already passed the Senate, and the House Agriculture Committee cleared their version months ago. But Boehner has been unable to line up support on the floor for it, out of an insistence that most of his caucus support it.

House Leaders Drop Farm Bill Extension, Will Instead Push Disaster Relief, Leaving Food Programs at Risk

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 10:40 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. Republicans will try to pass a separate disaster relief bill dealing with livestock producers and their struggles with this summer’s historic drought:

Farm Bill Deal Reached for Amendments in Senate

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 10:00 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. One of the biggest problems is $4.5 billion in cuts to food stamps.

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

By: Wednesday June 13, 2012 2:15 pm

There were multiple efforts in the various “grand bargain” bills to factor out direct subsidies to farmers. So the subsidies get replaced this year by a crop insurance piece, to compensate farmers in low-yield years. But in the apparently bipartisan zeal to cut more out of the farm bill, to save a relatively paltry $24 billion over ten years, another source of money has been attacked – food stamps.

Federal Crop Insurance Wastes a Billion Dollars on Corporate Welfare

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 1:45 pm

The Government Accountability Office took a look at the federal government crop insurance program and the result isn’t pretty. We effectively waste $1 billion a year providing corporate welfare to very large agribusiness operations.

Green Scissors Coalition Identifies Hundreds of Billions in Wasteful Subsidies

By: Wednesday August 24, 2011 7:06 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 force the conversation in a different direction.

One way to do that is to consistently point out that job creation is the best and most robust way to ensure any deficit reduction, and that reducing the deficit with 9% unemployment is a near-impossibility. Another way is to point out how much deficit savings can be gained merely by engaging in the vitally necessary actions of protecting the earth from climate change.

Flood of Rumors along the Missouri River

By: Saturday June 18, 2011 9:00 am

The flood of waters continues, but as usual during a natural disaster, the flood of rumors is rolling right along with it. Mythical levee breaches compete with imaginary government policy decisions, all of which combine to try to drive those who are dealing with the actual flooding bonkers.

And don’t even get me started about a Fukushima-style disaster in Nebraska . . . Get a link, people — and it ought to be from someone closer to Nebraska than Hawaii.

Rumors flow faster than the water during a disaster like this. The folks who are working on protecting homes, businesses, and communities have enough to do without having to beat back rumors — but this, too, is part of dealing with a disaster.

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