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.
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 13, 2012 5:00 pm|
|By: David Dayen Monday August 13, 2012 2:50 pm|
Republican lawmakers in rural farming communities were worried that they would have to go home to their districts empty-handed, without any tools to help farmers deal with this summer’s massive drought. They tried to sidestep this problem by passing, at the last possible minute, a bill to provide a year of drought relief to livestock producers. They could then blame the Senate for not following suit, even though the Senate had no chance to do so. This gambit isn’t working.
|By: David Dayen 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.
|By: David Dayen Thursday August 2, 2012 11:37 am|
The House will take up its standalone disaster relief bill today, which will serve as a talking point in rural Republican districts as “action” being taken to respond to the historic drought plaguing the country. The House waited until the last possible day before the August recess to pass the measure, giving the Senate basically no time to concur. So there won’t really be action taken before the recess, but House members can say “I passed a bill and now the Senate must act.”
|By: David Dayen 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:
|By: David Dayen Tuesday July 31, 2012 9:00 am|
House and Senate leaders continue to work on a stopgap spending bill to close out the year, and could announce it as early as today. The bill would extend a continuing resolution on the budget for a mere six months, until the end of March 2013. But they won’t bother to pass it until September, at the earliest leaving a narrow window before the elections.
|By: David Dayen Monday July 30, 2012 11:15 am|
The House has released an expected one-year extension of farm-related programs, in a bill which would also deliver needed relief to drought-stricken farmers in the Midwest. But the plan is imperiled by the continuation of direct payments to farmers, which members of both parties oppose.
|By: David Dayen Friday July 27, 2012 3:29 pm|
With conservatives in retreat, it does look like we’ll get a six-month stopgap spending bill that will put off any budget hostage-taking until next March.
|By: David Dayen Thursday July 26, 2012 9:33 am|
The drought conditions in the Midwest show no sign of letting up, and if you believe the overwhelming amount of evidence on climate change, amounts to something approaching a new normal. So the first thing I’d say about this projection of food prices as a result of the drought is that, in a constantly warming world, this can only get worse.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday July 24, 2012 6:45 am|
It’s the time of the (election) season where Congress does everything it can to delay contentious issues until after November. As Felix Salmon writes, if Congress can’t sweat the small stuff, what’s the hope of them coming to a decent solution – or any solution – on the fiscal cliff? We throw around words like “worst ever” far too loosely, but in the case of the 112th Congress, it really does apply.