The Democrats have hammered the Republicans for not passing a Farm Bill. Maybe some facts are needed in the discussion:
Shortly after the November elections, Congress will reconvene for the lame duck session and consider the farm bill at the behest of a bipartisan coalition of statists. The farm bill is really a food stamp bill. The House version (H.R. 6083) authorizes $957 billion in spending over 10 years, $756 billion of which will be spent on food stamps and other nutrition programs. The Senate version (S. 3240) authorizes $969 billion in spending over 10 years, $772 billion of which will be spent on food welfare programs.
To put this in perspective, the 2008 farm bill authorized roughly $400 billion in food stamp spending. In other words, the current farm bill proposals would consummate Obama’s food stamp presidency into the permanent welfare structure.
Instead of doing Obama’s bidding in the lame duck session, John Boehner should bring real welfare reform to the House floor – the State Nutrition Assistance Flexibility Act (H.R. 6518). This legislation, sponsored by Reps. Tim Huelskamp, Paul Broun, Steve Chabot, and Jim Jordan, would combine 6 food welfare programs into one entity, and block grant it to the states. Believe it or not, there are 17 different programs dedicated to providing food assistance. This bill would combine the following 6: