Reid on the farm bill: Boehner should’ve known he couldn’t pass “a partisan love note to the tea party”

posted at 5:21 pm on June 25, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Yes, because cutting barely 3 percent from a program on which the Obama administration has more than doubled spending in less than five years (to over a whopping $80 billion every year), would have clearly amounted what is probably one of The Most Mean-Spirited, Draconian Spending Cuts of which we’ve ever heard — right up there with cowboy poetry, I’m sure. Via CBS News:

The Democratic leader of the Senate proceeded to warn the Speaker of the House that he certainly should not rely on the Senate’s largesse to bail the House out of their tricky situation, and that they should proceed to pass the Senate’s version of the farm bill post-haste:

Reid on Monday urged Boehner take up the Senate farm bill before current policy expires Sept. 30.

“Doing nothing means no reform, no deficit reduction and no certainty for America’s 16 million farm-industry workers,” Reid said. …

“I want everyone within the sound of my voice – as well as my colleagues on the other side of the Capitol – to know that the Senate will not pass another temporary farm bill extension,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

Before we allow Reid to get too caught up in extolling the ostensible money-saving and deficit-reducing virtues of the Senate’s version of the legislation, however, let’s remember that the farm bill is likely to cost a heck of a lot more than its current apologists will admit. As Veronique de Rugy points out at NRO, the farm bill’s CBO scoring is chock-full of gimmicks that rely on existing laws on sequestration, and pretty much ignores recent historical precedent:

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Yes, that is why the Tea Partiers voted against the bill… Geez.

ojfltx on June 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM

I’d guess Reid is going to use the same “persuasive techniques” on Shamnesty.

“Nyah, nyah, Boehner’s a wuss who gives in to the Tea Party.”

Wethal on June 25, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Airy Fairy Pie in the Sky…

More Please! /

Scrumpy on June 25, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Hmmmm, isn’t 1000 billion a trillion? O_0

I admit, math is not not strong suit (:

Scrumpy on June 25, 2013 at 5:39 PM

He’s such a bully.

Rose on June 25, 2013 at 5:39 PM

dingy Harrah makes me sick…

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Hmmmm, isn’t 1000 billion a trillion? O_0

I admit, math is not not strong suit (:

Scrumpy on June 25, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Yeah, just as it is a million million.

Steve Eggleston on June 25, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Reid looks like he is dead…..

redguy on June 25, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Most of the Senators will retire to an easy life of luxury and leave us peasants to fight with the Mexicans over bread n’ water. I say we just Invade Mexico and take all of their shit?

redguy on June 25, 2013 at 5:44 PM

How are his pomegranate trees doing?

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Reid is such an odious little man.

trigon on June 25, 2013 at 5:48 PM

I say we just Invade Mexico and take all of their shit?

redguy on June 25, 2013 at 5:44 PM

How about we invade all the senators and take ours back?

If Reid wants to address the farmer’s plight he can separate them from the welfare aspects of the farm bill since they only get 20% of the funding anyway.

DanMan on June 25, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Reid is such an odious little man.

trigon on June 25, 2013 at 5:48 PM

I’ll bet he has halitosis and BO, too…

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Wouldn’t the bill have passed if Pelosi delivered the number of votes she promised?

supernova on June 25, 2013 at 5:54 PM

What I wouldn’t give to have a Republican REID.
When REID doesn’t like legislation he says “F** You I’m not going to bring it up for a vote. Why? Because
it’s not good for liberalism, damn the polls.
Instead we have a big-government, conservo-fraud in Boehner who’s only concern is being invited to the best martini luncheons and sucking up to the media.
If Boehner would, for once, ‘pull a Reid’ and not bring this immigration bill to the floor he would see just at how liberating it can be to stand up for your principles.

AmeriCuda on June 25, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Spending on the Farm bill has doubled in the last 10 years?

What has the American Public received as a benefit of the additional spending?

weaselyone on June 25, 2013 at 5:55 PM

To think this weasel holds such a powerful position is beyond belief.

mobydutch on June 25, 2013 at 5:57 PM

the Senate will not pass another temporary farm bill extension,” Reid said

Fine. Hold him to it. Real reduction or gridlock – take your pick, Harry.

Marcola on June 25, 2013 at 5:57 PM

What has the American Public received as a benefit of the additional spending?
weaselyone on June 25, 2013 at 5:55 PM

You mean besides the 50% lower beef and chicken prices?
/sarcological!

Marcola on June 25, 2013 at 5:59 PM

In other Senate news, Penny Pritzker confirmed as Commerce Secretary by a margin of 97-1.

RickB on June 25, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Throwing red meat to their base. Thats all hes doing. Call his bluff!

tommy71 on June 25, 2013 at 6:02 PM

In other Senate news, Penny Pritzker confirmed as Commerce Secretary by a margin of 97-1.

RickB on June 25, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Utterly, utterly charming…

/sarcasm

ebrown2 on June 25, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Please remember that farmers only are a tiny portion of this mess.

cat-scratch on June 25, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I guess their meeting at the White House didn’t go well today.

Imjazzed2 on June 25, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Reid must be hearing from all the ‘gentleman’ farmers in New York City.

Just another reason Nevada DESERVES to be a nuclear waste dump for the rest of the country.

GarandFan on June 25, 2013 at 6:32 PM

I say… call his bluff on not passing an extension. I read somewhere, last week, that if they don’t at least pass an extension of the current farm bill it will expire and revert back to the 1949 Farm Bill. Sequestration on steroids… if that’s true.

jffree1 on June 25, 2013 at 6:33 PM

1949…..Wooooo….Whoooooo!!!

dirtengineer on June 25, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Excuse me but this Harry Reid griping about a spending bill not passing, is he the same Harry Reid who hasn’t allowed a budget out of the Senate in five years?

yesiamapirate on June 25, 2013 at 7:04 PM

As Veronique de Rugy points out at NRO, the farm bill’s CBO scoring is chock-full of gimmicks that rely on existing laws on sequestration, and pretty much ignores recent historical precedent:

Why does anyone anywhere lend any credibility whatsoever to the CBO? When have they ever been right?

They’re not much better than low-life Mafia accountants doing their best to keep outside parties from getting wise to the thievery and money laundering of their bosses.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 25, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Harry seems a bit upset lately. Things aren’t going his way. Tough. Keep saying NO to Harry Reid.

BetseyRoss on June 25, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Look – a squirrel

Harry sounds like he is practicing his upcoming speech about the Shamnesty bill.

Right_Mike on June 25, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Dingy Harry continues to win friends, influence people.

ZK on June 25, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Anyone wonder why the Senate isn’t really digging into the IRS scandal? Just look at Reid, then think of Schumer, Levin, Leahy, and Durbin, the enablers of the IRS. Then look at the little support the tea party has among Republicans, and you have all the answer you need.

Apparently, the majority of the U.S Senate believes it’s just fine to target certain groups, as long as they’re against the status quo,

bflat879 on June 25, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Instead we have a big-government, conservo-fraud in Boehner who’s only concern is being invited to the best martini luncheons and sucking up to the media.
If Boehner would, for once, ‘pull a Reid’ and not bring this immigration bill to the floor he would see just at how liberating it can be to stand up for your principles.

AmeriCuda on June 25, 2013 at 5:55 PM

To do that, you first have to have principles. Other than “will this get me on the news?”

We Buckeyes have long known that Bonehead is notably lacking in any such things. Not to mention having the IQ of a sea urchin and the attention span of a gnat.

I’ve long suspected his constituents keep sending him back to Foggy Bottom on the principle of keeping him away from home, like a “remittance man”, to reduce the damage he could do at home.

As one Ohioan to others, I’m asking you nice people in Ohio 8- please, next time, vote for somebody else.

Especially in the GOP primary…

clear ether

eon

eon on June 25, 2013 at 9:48 PM

“Within the sound of my voice?” With that little nasally whine of his, that would be about, what, 5-6 folks, tops. The balls on this guy. If Boehner had a spine (which he does not), he’d wipe his behind with the amnesty bill and send it back to him. Alas, we are porked.

Huckabye-Romney on June 25, 2013 at 11:02 PM

16 million farmers.
80 billion dollars
Over 4 billion per farmer….
I just threw up in my mouth

telmah on June 25, 2013 at 11:42 PM

16 million farmers.
80 billion dollars
Over 4 billion per farmer….
I just threw up in my mouth

telmah on June 25, 2013 at 11:42 PM

As much as I hate this bill, I think you mean $5,000, not $4b.

And in truth, like 80% of this is going to food stamps, so it’s like a thousand per farmer in actual farm spending.

The Schaef on June 26, 2013 at 10:36 AM

IMO, hes not really giving the whole truth. Calling a “farm bill” is the last thing it should be called… actually this should be two bills… its funny that the republicans usually support the farm side and the liberals like the food stamp side… guess who gets the huge majority of the money?

watertown on June 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

telmah on June 25, 2013 at 11:42 PM

That is because they have to pay farmers NOT to grow certain stuff.

Really, 5k is not a lot on a family farm. Looking at the hours those guys put in I really doubt you would last a week on a farm. Its a 7 day a week 365 day work week if you have livestock. Its also back breaking. 4 hours a sleep a day during planting and harvesting season….this is not counting all the hay you gotta do and all that.

Milk farmers only get 8 to 10 cents a pound of milk… tell me how your making money hand over fist? Then you have someone make an error and milk a treated cow… yeah there goes your money for the day.

watertown on June 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM