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.


Farm Bill Stalled, Programs Set to Expire September 30

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 5:00 pm

While the House will pass their six-month stopgap budget bill today, pushing government spending authority out to March, one other September 30 deadline remains outstanding, and Congress looks prepared to let it expire. That would be the authorization for farm programs. If nothing is done, the farm programs would revert back to the policy of decades ago.

Drought Relief Bill Passes House, but Won’t Help Livestock Producers Through August

By: Friday August 3, 2012 8:51 am

The House of Representatives passed their one-year drought relief bill by a relatively thin margin yesterday, 223-197. They needed 35 votes from Democrats to get it across the line, as 46 Republicans begged off the bill. Here’s the roll call.

The House passed this on the last possible day of the session before the August recess, and the Senate did not get around to passage. So there will be no immediate disaster relief coming for livestock producers suffering under a price spike due to corn shortages.

Bid to Restore Food Stamp Cuts Fails in Senate

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 10:20 am

Hundreds of thousands of food stamp recipients will lose at least $90 a month in benefits, after an amendment to the farm bill failed badly in the Senate.

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.

Holding on to the Senate Is Looking More Possible for Democrats

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 2:00 pm

The Senate map for 2012 is just inherently awful for Democrats. They have to defend incumbents in 23 states, while the Republicans only need to defend 10. Even if there is a relatively strong national Democratic turnout in 2012, the party will likely still have a net loss of Senate seats. With that factored in, though, the prospects for the Democrats at least narrowly holding on to the chamber have been improving.

Senate Likely to Repeal Health Care 1099 Provision Today

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 8:43 am

The Senate has passed this bill a half-dozen times, sometimes attached to other bills, and more recently as a standalone. The pay-for that the Senate uses differs from the House’s. But instead of a House-Senate conference, the Senate, unbelievably, will vote on the House bill today.

Michigan’s Stabenow Becomes Climate Denier Pod Person; White House Open to Limits on EPA

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 12:30 pm

The EPA’s power to enforce the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and regulation of climate change gases is one of the Tea-GOP’s favorite targets. Unfortunately, Debbie Stabenow and other Dems helping them.

Health Care Repeal Fails, But Senate Repeals 1099 Requirement

By: Thursday February 3, 2011 7:10 am

Last night the Senate rejected an attempt to repeal the health care reform law. However, what they did repeal — and more important, how they paid for it — provides a signal for how the deficit debate will go on Capitol Hill. And it’s not a particularly good signal.

Health Care Repeal, 1099 Fix Votes Up Today

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 3:09 pm

We should see a vote in the Senate on repealing the Affordable Care Act today, although a decision on how to approach it is still being worked out. Because of the lack of Senate rules reform, any amendment is subject to filibuster as well. However, my understanding is that the amendment on repeal violates the Budget Act because it increases the deficit, and waiving that needs 60 votes. So I don’t know why the filibuster is the obstacle. Democrats could also move to table the amendment, which would need an up or down vote.

In addition to repeal, Sen. Debbie Stabenow has introduced an amendment to eliminate the 1099 reporting requirement, which passed in the health care bill.

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