House rejects massive farm bill that would have cut food stamps; 62 Republicans vote no

  • Article by: MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 20, 2013 - 8:20 PM

WASHINGTON — The House rejected a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill Thursday that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them.

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TomacltdJun. 20, 13 1:05 PM

Having grown up in farming I can say there are abuses to the system. However, that is the exception, not the rule. The dairy industry does require overhauling as it is still providing subsidies based on proximity to Wisconsin. This was done many years ago to promote dairy farming in coastal states. California is now the highest dairy producing state, thus negating the need for these subsidies. Fix the system and let the market correct itself.

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KJun. 20, 13 1:47 PM

Why do politicians have such a problem with making people who get welfare and/or food stamps accountable? And penalizing farmers because of our proximity to Wisconsin is ridiculous (isn't that punishment enough? j/k).

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a1bizmanJun. 20, 13 2:04 PM

The government needs to get out of the food industry. Stop paying people to grow it, and stop paying people to eat it.

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scubadoo68Jun. 20, 13 2:11 PM

"The government needs to get out of the food industry. Stop paying people to grow it, and stop paying people to eat it." ---You hit the nail on the head. Although there are some people that genuinely benefit from this there are a lot that abuse it. I read a statistic the other day that 1 in 7 people are on food stamps. That struck me as odd.

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grayanwiseJun. 20, 13 3:53 PM

well if the government needs to get out of helping the poor or under paid people then they BETTER STOP HELPING THE BIG OIL COMPANYS OR ANY OTHER BIG COMPANY who do nothing but pay there ceo big money for sitting in a chair !

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