On Tuesday the United States Senate gave final approval to a massive farm bill, sending it to President Obama who has pledged to sign it. One of the many provisions in this omnibus bill is an amendment that will allow for the limited growth of industrial hemp.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 5, 2014 10:07 am|
|By: DSWright Wednesday February 5, 2014 6:45 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.
|By: DSWright 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.
|By: DSWright Thursday October 17, 2013 11:10 am|
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 who the audience is. Nonetheless, during the course of the 8th grade social studies lesson – which ended by reciting the pledge of allegiance (seriously) – Obama targeted bloggers as people who “profit from conflict.” Moments later, Obama then encouraged people to “argue for their position.” To get involved, speak their mind, and promote their values.
I guess just don’t do it online? Carrier pigeons for reform!
|By: DSWright Tuesday June 25, 2013 12:10 pm|
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.
|By: Peterr Saturday June 22, 2013 9:00 am|
Honest to God, the goings-on in DC are going to drive the Comedy Channel out of business. Either that, or they’ll make Jon Stewart president.
This past Thursday, the House voted down the latest version of the five-year farm bill, which includes not only subsidies and supports for those in the ag world, but also provides for the food stamp program and other food-related subsidies for the poor. Speaker John Boehner and his GOP leadership have been working for months to put together a bill, and when they brought it to the floor this past week, it failed. Spectacularly.
In the immortal words of John Cleese, John Boehner’s speakership has ceased to be.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday May 25, 2013 8:30 am|
A time-honored tactic of conservative lawmakers is to “starve the beast”by defunding government programs. In the case of food stamps—the quintessential whipping boy for budget hawks—they’re going a step further by trying to starve actual people.
|By: David Dayen Friday December 21, 2012 10:23 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 reduction treaty, and several other measures. Because this entire lame duck has been consumed with fiscal slope negotiations, and really only the tax rate and social insurance part of it, bills that might have had a chance to pass through Congress if the pipeline were unclogged instead remain dormant. And unlike 2010, the bills in question in 2012 are more of the must-pass variety.
|By: David Dayen Monday December 10, 2012 11:55 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.
|By: David Dayen Sunday November 11, 2012 6:45 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 of which must pass aside from the fiscal slope measures like the Bush tax cuts, the sequester, unemployment insurance, the payroll tax cut and the alternative minimum tax patch. The Hill rounds some of them up.
I put these in the categories of “good” and “must avoid disaster.”