Farm bill fight centers on food stamp spending

A bill known for bringing together rural and urban lawmakers has led to a rift after the U.S. House sent its version of the farm bill to the Senate. The GOP-supported House bill separates SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as …

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Montana ranchers won’t saddle up for farm bill fight

BILLINGS – Watty Taylor isn’t shy about pointing out the difference between farmers and ranchers. Farmers receive federally subsidized crop insurance. Ranchers don’t, which is why as the nation’s farm groups rush to Washington D.C., to push for a …

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Final Act In This Year’s Farm Bill Fight Offers Food Stamps Recipients Brief Reprieve

With an artificial deadline threatening to undermine their campaign to cut food stamps, House conservatives tried on Thursday to force Senate Democrats to push the cutoff date for a farm bill compromise to the end of January. The rationale behind the …

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House GOP Seeks Last-Ditch Immigration Agreement Amid Rebellion

House Republican leaders are making a last-ditch effort to work out an agreement on immigration legislation as GOP hardliners conceded Tuesday that moderates would otherwise be able to force a vote on bipartisan proposals the conservatives oppose.

Representative Dennis Ross of Florida, a member of the Republican vote-counting team, said he was asked by party leaders to delay signing a petition that — with support from virtually all Democrats and a few dozen Republicans — would force Speaker Paul Ryan to hold votes on four immigration bills that he doesn’t want to bring to the floor.

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House Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows acknowledged that he expects moderate Republicans and Democrats can gather enough signatures to force a vote on the bipartisan proposals, including one to grant a citizenship path to young undocumented immigrants.

“They’ll get to 218” signatures, a majority of House members, said Meadows of North Carolina.

Still, he said that if the House passes a bill to protect the young immigrants known as dreamers, “it’s not going to become law so I’m not sitting here with fear and trembling.”

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Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican who has signed the petition, expressed confidence that it’ll succeed.

“There’s no doubt that there are enough Republicans who will sign on,” he said in an interview. “This one’s done to bring out four different diverse solutions. It was done in a way not to be disruptive or for political grandstanding.”

Conservative House Republicans are seeking an immediate vote instead on a bill that would put new restrictions on legal immigration, sponsored by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia. Last week, members of the Freedom Caucus blocked a GOP farm bill on the House floor because they didn’t trust assurances from GOP leaders that the Goodlatte measure would get a vote.

Regarding the Freedom Caucus, Ross said, “I’m tired of the tail wagging the dog.” He said he had been told that GOP leaders are trying to negotiate an immigration bill with Democrats.

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How work, not welfare programs, is transformative

Anti-poverty programs should foster autonomy, not perpetual dependence. With the House of Representatives’ rejection of a $867 billion farm bill last week, efforts to reform the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as “food stamps,” have run aground, at least for now. Conservative House Republicans backed the proposal, which tied aid to work or training requirements for able-bodied people-a principle that enjoys broad support from voters across the political spectrum. The liberal Left, however, opposes and often derides work requirements for welfare and other forms of assistance, seeing such conditions as arbitrary and cruel. New York Times economic columnist Eduardo Porter expressed his opposition to the plan in a column that reads like a screed against the American Dream. Encouraging poor people to get jobs as a condition of receiving aid, contends Porter, perpetuates a myth that ending dependency is the key to getting out of poverty. He cites the example of a poor single mother on welfare who can’t pay her bills and drinks lots of beer. When she is forced off welfare and gets a job, he says, she still can’t pay her bills and still drinks lots of beer.

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Outlook: House GOP Tries to Get Back on Track After Farm Bill Collapse

The VA Mission Act includes $5.2 billion for the Choice program in order to avert a looming budget crisis. On Monday evening, the Senate will vote to advance the nomination of Dana Baiocco to be a commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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Farm Bill’s Future Hinges on Fight Over Limits on Immigration

The House’s $867 billion farm bill had a narrow path to passage because Democrats opposed work requirements for beneficiaries of the measure’s most costly program: food stamps. That left the bill’s fate in the hands of a group of Republican lawmakers demanding new restrictions on legal immigration.

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Conservative groups to Congress: Farm bill must address commodity programs

A day later, two other conservative groups, Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners, sent a similar letter to House members, saying the farm bill debate comes on the heels of “the reckless budget deal and the irresponsible omnibus bill recently …

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Conservative revolt over immigration sinks U.S. House farm bill

Conservative Rep. Jim Jordan … “The bill cuts more than $23 billion in SNAP benefits and will result in an estimated 2 million Americans unable to get the help they need.” He said it “turns around and wastes billions … cut from SNAP benefits …

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