A Farm Bill Of Deep Frustration

Pierce letter: Vote no on Farm Bill | Idaho Statesman

Pierce letter: Vote no on Farm Bill | Idaho Statesman

Nonetheless, the so-called Freedom Caucus, a group of some three dozen right-wing House Republicans who can, on occasion, wield out-sized influence, tanked the farm bill over their unhappiness with what's not been happening on immigration. "Our nation's farmers and ranchers and rural America deserve nothing less".

But Rep. Patrick T. McHenry of North Carolina, the Republicans' chief deputy whip, said the conservatives' move to link that to the farm bill will backfire. "Congress needs to enact a Farm Bill before the current one expires to give farmers long-term certainty that a safety net will be available through these uncertain and hard economic conditions".

05/21/2018House Republicans and President Donald Trump are heading back to the drawing board after the defeat of the farm bill on Friday. "While today's action is disappointing, we will continue to work with members of Congress and advocate for a strong farm bill that can be signed into law this year". Let's go ahead and do that; we don't have an impending deadline for the Farm bill. If 25 Republicans and 193 Democrats sign the petition, the bipartisan coalition can force a House vote on amnesty legislation. At a time when net farm income is projected to fall to a 12-year low and the trade deals on which we rely are constantly called into question or renegotiated, the farm bill's safety net programs are more important than ever.

"To me, it just creates more division", said Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican.

A move to reconsider by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was approved allowing for a re-vote at a later date.

It's unclear if any bill Republicans craft on their own can get enough votes to pass the House, but Denham believes a compromise can be reached. However, Perry said "there are problems with the farm bill" for some Freedom Caucus members.

This mishandling of key legislation comes at a time when farm income nationwide has plummeted in recent years, when drought is hammering parts of the Southwest and the southern Plains and when the Trump administration's trade policies have spurred major uncertainties for USA agricultural exports.

Some Democrats see an opportunity amid the Republican disarray, saying that if Ryan were willing to eliminate the new food-stamp rules, they could help pass a bill. The two political parties often split on issues, but farm policy needn't be one of them.

"The immigration issue, in my opinion, needs to be resolved, needs to be addressed, and we should be able to take care of that in and of itself rather than play this game of mixing in other legislation by taking hostages", Mr. Reed said. On the merits, the House bill was misguided, short-sighted and cruel.

A robust SNAP program, for instance, is critical to a functioning local economy in many rural communities.

The provision would reduce government spending on benefits by $9.2 billion between 2019 and 2028 and cost $7.7 billion in administrative costs, mostly to fund the training programs. Leaving the cap for commodity support programs like Agriculture Loss Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) at $900,000 a year in gross income is wasteful. This likely isn't the end for this farm bill.

The U.S. Senate agriculture committee has yet to write its version of a farm bill. Rep. Ralph Norman's (R-SC) amendment, shifting the burden of crop insurance premium subsidies from taxpayers to the farmer receiving the benefits, was also simply ignored.

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