House GOP considers splitting farm bill into 2 after embarrassing defeat last month

  • Article by: MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 9, 2013 - 9:20 PM

WASHINGTON — A month after suffering an embarrassing defeat, House Republican leaders are considering a new strategy to try to win support for the massive, five-year farm bill: splitting it into two separate measures, one for farm programs and one for food stamps.

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spittlesnackJul. 9, 13 4:13 PM

I agree with this approach to split the bill into two seperate bills: One for farm programs and one for food stamps. That way we can easier keep tabs on the cost of wellfare for corporate farmers and the cost for foodstamp programs.

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spittlesnackJul. 9, 13 4:15 PM

Naw...keep it as one huge boondoggle so the taxpayers can't track or evenidentify how much pork is really in the bill.

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spittlesnackJul. 9, 13 4:17 PM

I didn't know that Collin Peterson (DFL) who also suffered this defeat was part of the GOP. Thank you MARY JACKOLINK for muddling the conversation across party lines.

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gopher68Jul. 9, 13 9:20 PM

I think this makes sense, too. It shines a brighter light on all of the excessive farm subsidies by not allowing them to hide behind funding for people who actually need government help to get by.

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jbpaperJul. 9, 13 9:27 PM

Finally, some common sense. They should have split these into two separate bills years ago.

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jbpaperJul. 9, 13 9:29 PM

Is there anyone against splitting this up into two bills that is not sucking off the government or relying on their votes?

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NikoreJul. 9, 1310:12 PM

I don't want kids to go hungry, but is just small amount of personal responsibility to much to ask? 1 in 7 people now since President Obama has taken office, I would like to see what these people spend money on that is more important than feeding their kids. I am starting to feel like a sucker for buying the groceries that feed my family.

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gopher68Jul. 9, 1310:41 PM

Nikore, i get that there are probably some (or even a lot of) families who get SNAP assistance who might not need ti. But I'm sure that there are also a lot of families that really do need the assistance, and for them, I support the program. Contrast that to the other half of the bill, where the money goes to people and corporations who I know do not need it -- farmers who have been earning record profits of late.

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truthtimeJul. 9, 1310:53 PM

spittlesnack, Peterson is the ranking Dem on the House ag committee. He'd be a very appropriate person to seek comment from. Ironic that GOP wants to give the wealthy all the tax breaks in the world possible, while cutting food programs for anyone who can't write the party a big campaign check. Figures. At some point you would think some lower and middle income Republicans would figure out they are being played like a perfect pitch fiddle by those "flood up" (as in sending a tidal wave of money to the top) politicos.

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livefreeordJul. 10, 13 7:02 AM

I like this approach as more light can shine on both of these programs. I'd rather see a good long debate with a conscious decision not to pass anything. Nothing in the monsterous bill should be any concern of the federal government. Farmer's are businessmen. They can get along on their own. Wealth redistribution should be no part of the federal government. I'm all for charity. I'd even support a state or local government acting, but the Federal government should simply act to protect our rights. We're supposed to be a republic of 50 states. Why not let the states take on this responsibility. Isn't it possible that some may create better solutions than others and that we might be able to learn? Isn't it possible that the answer might not be the same for New York and Texas?

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