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The Path to a Better Farm Bill

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

EWG’s Scott Faber wrote a blog for The Hill that outlines what a better, and passable, farm bill looks like.

Faber writes:

House leaders got a lot of grief for the failure of the farm bill. And, now they are getting a lot of grief for proposing to divide the bill into two bills.

But the sad fact of the matter is that the better farm bill House leaders really want is also one that probably would have passed the House in the first place and still could. That’s because a better farm bill would cut farm subsidies far more deeply than the cynical bill produced by the House Agriculture Committee and would have attracted more support in the Republican caucus.

See the full blog here.

Table Scraps:

Reuters writes on the likely dead end House leadership will hit in splitting up the farm bill.

Tweet of the Day:

@repblumenauer The new House GOP plan for the Farm Bill: No amendments and no reform! Bad idea. http://rstreet.org/2013/07/09/top-7-farm-amendments-house-wont-be-allowed-to-vote-on/ … pic.twitter.com/AQs9IiOydW

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