A week ago we reported that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a major piece of legislation called the “Farm Bill” that included significant changes to the federal food stamp program. Yesterday the U.S. Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill and, as we predicted last week, it does not contain the House food stamp changes. As a result it is likely that there will be a bitter fight in the weeks ahead as both sides have stated that they are unwilling to compromise.
With Republicans divided on the Farm Bill, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held the House Democrats together, and the result was a humiliating defeat for Trump and Ryan backed Farm Bill.
It is imperative that the Farm Bill and all policies that seek to meet human needs actually address the real lives of people and the systemic and structural oppression and injustice they face each day.
Washington celebrates finally getting a farm bill passed, corporate agribusiness, the insurance industry, and the Koch brothers are celebrating a poisoned farm bill that adds to the Kochs fortune and decimates part of the Clean Water Act. wq
What House Republicans are doing has nothing whatsoever to do with politics and everything to do with increasing hunger for working families, senior citizens, and children, and nothing else.
Charles Koch has joined Republicans pushing to eliminate the nation's minimum wage. He implied that getting rid of minimum wage laws was the ultimate secret to lifting Americans out of poverty.
The only way House Republicans could get the Farm Bill passed was to not just cut food aid for the poor, but to starve them.
Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi completely shredded John Boehner and Eric Cantor after they tried to blame her for the their own failure to pass the Farm Bill.
One of the most outrageous components of the Farm Bill is that millionaire Rep. Paul Ryan wants to deny people food stamps if they own adequate transportation.
House Republicans have a ten year plan to eliminate food assistance for 13 million more hungry working Americans and seniors in their version of common sense cuts.
President Obama showed Mitt Romney why choosing Paul Ryan was a big mistake, by immediately linking Ryan to the most unpopular House of Representatives in American history.
The Republican plan eliminates categorical eligibility which means that a family living at or below the poverty line that owns a dependable car will be cut off of food assistance.