House Republicans voted today for a ‘farm only’ farm bill that expands crop insurance subsidies for the most successful farm businesses and fails to renew programs that help feed the nation’s hungriest children.
During a hearing of the House Committee on Natural Resources this week, Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) once again declared that “direct payments” would end under the farm bill being considered by the House.
Robert Samuelson of the Washington Post, using information from EWG’s farm subsidy database, brought more attention to the broken farm subsidy policies and the bait and switch proposed by the House Agriculture Committee.
The Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 considered today by the U.S. Senate includes some important and historic reforms that will improve federal food and farm policy, but it lacks other common-sense measures that would have better protected taxpayers, improved transparency in the crop insurance program and created a level playing field for family farmers, the Environmental Working Group said in a statement.
The Senate missed an opportunity today to make real reforms to the federal crop insurance program when it voted to end debate on the farm bill and move the legislation to final passage next week, the Environmental Working Group said in a statement.