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Strange Bedfellows Blast House Farm Bill

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A diverse group of advocates from across the political spectrum are blasting the House farm bill for its lack of reforms. 

The New York Times writes:

The groups include a litany of conservative and libertarian mainstays like Americans for Prosperity, the American Enterprise Institute, the Cato Institute and the National Taxpayers Union. Some liberal groups oppose the bill in its current form, including the Environmental Working Group, the National Black Farmers Association, the United States Public Interest Research Group and Defenders of Wildlife…

The federally subsidized crop insurance program is one area where there is widespread agreement on the need for an overhaul. Taxpayers cover about 62 percent of the premiums for the program, under which farmers can buy insurance for poor yields, declines in prices or both. The result, the groups say, is that crop insurance has become more of a farm income support program than a system to protect farmers during disasters like the 2012 drought.

Read the full article here.

Learn the top six reasons why every fiscal conservative should hate the House farm bill.

Table Scraps:

The Wall Street Journal reports on a new farm bill proposal that would guarantee a higher price for sushi rice (subscription required).

EWG’s Sara Sciammacco has more on why the farm bill is bad for taxpayers.

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