Senate poised to pass that terrible farm bill along to the House

posted at 6:41 pm on June 10, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The Senate is all set to very probably pass their version of a farm bill this evening — what we’re meant to believe will amount to a less than $1 trillion/ten years cost to taxpayers that, in net effect, is actually going to save taxpayers billions of dollars. The 75-22 roll call last Thursday left plenty of room to spare on invoking cloture, and after the Senate’s vote tonight the bill will move over to the House — which is already in the midst of a major battle on putting together their own version of the same.

A bloody, knockdown fight lies ahead in the House, scheduled to take up its bill the week of June 17th. But having blocked floor action last year, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will find it harder to justify more stalling after the bipartisan showing in the Senate Thursday.

“I think is important for the House to work its will on the farm bill,” Boehner told reporters Thursday. “I’m hopeful that we can pass a Farm Bill and get to conference with the Senate and resolve this issue for America’s farmers and ranchers.”

Brad Plumer at the Washington Post has a handy-dandy graphic illustrating the basics of what the Senate’s bill contains, courtesy of the Congressional Research Service:

senate farm bill

The House’s version so far has more “cuts” that go a little deeper on food stamps, commodity payments, and conservation programs, but as A. Barton Hinkle aptly explained over at Reason today, the entire thing is still largely an exercise in corporate welfare and antiquated subsidies that didn’t do much but distort market signals in the first place and have since become entrenched services to special interests:

Anyone starting from scratch would not design a farm policy like the one America has. At least not anyone with a lick of common sense. But since common sense is as common on Capitol Hill as a unicorn stampede, we have:

A confusing clutter of programs that pay farmers not to farm, reward them for undue risk, write checks to rock stars and Rockefellers, give special treatment to certain crops without rationale, and ladle out welfare to the wealthy while ignoring those on the margins. …

Reform has been slow to come for a couple of reasons. The first is demosclerosis: A rich and powerful minority is highly motivated to lobby for the continuation of its benefits – benefits that do not much inconvenience most of the public on a day-to-day basis, which therefore has little reason to lobby against them.

The second reason is the unholy pact between farm-state interests and urban ones. For reasons far beyond the ken of mortal men, the largest portion of the quinquennial farm bill as measured in dollars has nothing to do with farming. Roughly 80 percent of its outlays go to food stamps. Rolling the two completely separate issues into a single bill ensures that lawmakers from conservative states will support handouts for city folk, and lawmakers for city folk will support handouts to farm interests.


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They don`t get it and they never will.

ThePrez on June 10, 2013 at 6:44 PM

“If I only had a brain”, er “farm”

LeftCoastRight on June 10, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Farm Bill Food Stamps Bill

Let’s call it what it is.

portlandon on June 10, 2013 at 6:52 PM

King Corn!

William Eaton on June 10, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Farm Bill Food Stamps Bill

Let’s call it what it is.

portlandon on June 10, 2013 at 6:52 PM

YEP.

ladyingray on June 10, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Bloated garbage.

tom daschle concerned on June 10, 2013 at 6:58 PM

We’re arguing over the temperature of the coals in the wake of the house fire.

turfmann on June 10, 2013 at 7:07 PM

The government hiding benefits in programs you would never recognize and for list of them being around 1300 google (list of government agencies) you’ll love it.

mixplix on June 10, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Senator Michael Bennett and his family are benefiting from this financially. These crooks need to go.

jawkneemusic on June 10, 2013 at 7:10 PM

So 75% of the Farm Bill has nothing to do with farms.

Sort of like the Healthcare Affordability Act has nothing to do with affordability.

Ditkaca on June 10, 2013 at 7:17 PM

To no small degree, blame Iowa and their stupid primary.

MJBrutus on June 10, 2013 at 7:19 PM

There are only a few in our Congress that are not traitors to our nation. Our job is to root out the commie’s.

Mr. Arrogant on June 10, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Can anyone explain to me why this portion of the economy gets special property tax breaks, guaranteed crop payments, subsidized insurance coverage, and a list of other government subsidies over ANY other business?

trs on June 10, 2013 at 7:24 PM

We have become a Food Stamp Nation!!

dddave on June 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Can anyone explain to me why this portion of the economy gets special property tax breaks, guaranteed crop payments, subsidized insurance coverage, and a list of other government subsidies over ANY other business?

Because shut up, that’s why.

lowandslow on June 10, 2013 at 7:31 PM

We pay farmers to not grow food or we pay them to grow food we are forced to burn up in our cars, then we pay for the actual food for people that are to lazy to work.
We got quite a system working here.

lowandslow on June 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM

US farm bill, 2013C

The US Senate advanced a a $955 billion five-year farm bill in June 2013. The bill would cut $24 billion from current spending levels over 10 years, including $4 billion-worth of cuts in food stamps
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US farm bill, 2013 US Senate votes 66-27 to pass a 5-year farm bill; now goes to House – @thehill

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canopfor on June 10, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Maybe we need to look at something new to use as fertilizer.

SirGawain on June 10, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Who in the Senate Voted:

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress – 1st Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On Passage of the Bill (S. 954 As Amended )
Vote Number: 145 Vote Date: June 10, 2013, 06:03 PM
Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Bill Passed
Measure Number: S. 954 (Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 )
Measure Title: An original bill to reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018.
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http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00145

canopfor on June 10, 2013 at 7:54 PM

But having blocked floor action last year, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will find it harder to justify more stalling after the bipartisan showing in the Senate Thursday.

Well, isn’t THAT special?

Unless it isn’t.

Myron Falwell on June 10, 2013 at 8:21 PM

How many aircraft carriers will China earn off of this one?

WisCon on June 10, 2013 at 9:29 PM

The clown car that is The US Congress rolls on…

bofh on June 10, 2013 at 11:12 PM