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Obama to sign Farm Bill, cuts to food stamps

Obama to sign Farm Bill, cuts to food stamps

President Barack Obama is carrying out a presidential duty that he hasn’t had a lot of opportunity to perform recently: signing into law a major piece of bipartisan legislation. Obama planned to sign a far-reaching farm bill Friday at Michigan State University, a rare celebration of Washington political compromise being held in heartland America. The […]

Who really benefits from new farm bill?

Who really benefits from new farm bill?

It isn’t just farmers who will benefit from the sweeping farm bill that Congress has sent President Barack Obama. There’s also help for rural towns, grocery stores in low-income areas and, most notably, the nation’s 47 million food stamp recipients. After years of setbacks, the Senate passed the nearly $100 billion-a-year measure Tuesday on a […]

Farm bill clears Senate, heads for Obama’s signature

Farm bill clears Senate, heads for Obama’s signature

The sweeping farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama Tuesday has something for almost everyone, from the nation’s 47 million food stamp recipients to Southern peanut growers, Midwest corn farmers and the maple syrup industry in the Northeast. After years of setbacks, the Senate on Tuesday sent the nearly $100 billion-a-year measure to President […]

Senate ready to pass new, five-year farm bill

Senate ready to pass new, five-year farm bill

Congress is poised to send a massive, five-year farm bill that provides food for the needy and subsidies for the nation’s farmers to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature. The Senate was expected to pass the almost $100 billion-a-year compromise bill Tuesday; the House passed it last week. The bill provides a financial […]

Doctors: Food stamp cuts could raise health care costs

Doctors: Food stamp cuts could raise health care costs

Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could be socked with bigger health bills. Maybe not immediately, they say, but over time if the poor wind up in doctors’ offices or hospitals as a result. Among the health risks of hunger are spiked rates of diabetes and developmental problems for […]

No agreement on farm bill could hike milk prices

No agreement on farm bill could hike milk prices

  The fight over renewing the nation’s farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices. Members of the House and Senate are scheduled to begin long-awaited negotiations on the five-year, roughly $500 billion bill this week. […]

Deep divisions between House and Senate over food stamps

Deep divisions between House and Senate over food stamps

Farm-state lawmakers hoping for passage of a farm bill by the end of the year will have to bridge a deep divide between the House and the Senate over the role of the government in helping the nation’s poor. The House passed a bill Thursday that would make around $4 billion in cuts annually to […]

Republicans strip food stamps from farm bill

Republicans strip food stamps from farm bill

Bruised from the defeat of a massive farm bill last month, Republicans are giving the legislation another chance by bringing a pared-down version to the House floor. GOP leaders were still counting how many votes they could muster for the new measure, which drops the politically sensitive food stamp portion of the bill, when they […]

House Republicans want to split farm bill

House Republicans want to split farm bill

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. It’s an attempt to gather support from conservatives who voted against the $100 billion-a-year […]

House set to vote on cuts in farm crop insurance

The House will vote Thursday on whether to cut federally-subsidized crop insurance that helps farmers when they lose crops or revenue. The amendment by Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., would limit government help for crop insurance paid to wealthy farmers and limit the subsidies the government gives crop insurance companies. A vote on the amendment is […]