Another victim of gridlock: Funding for Chesapeake Bay clean-up programs lapsed while House GOP leaders bickered.
Virginia Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb participated in bipartisan negotiations that led to passage of a 10-year, $969 billion farm bill that preserved bay cleanup as a priority while also saving taxpayers money through consolidating programs to increase efficiency.I'm not sure how farmers being in an unsettling position has anything to do with Chesapeake Bay cleanup (did someone not proof this piece and suggest that the author stay on topic?).
But House Republican leaders were too busy bickering among themselves over how much to cut food stamps to consider the Senate farm bill.
That leaves farmers in the unsettling position of depending on support from a 1949 farm bill, the last permanent agriculture legislation passed by Congress. Suffice it to say, soybean farmers are out of luck.
In any case, what's missing from this cry for a new farm bill (and lament over a dastardly and uncaring GOP being to blame)?
It's a freaking three-quarters of a trillion dollar farm bill! A freaking three-quarters of a trillion dollar farm bill that does nothing but line the pockets of wealthy farmers! A freaking three-quarters of a trillion dollar farm bill in an era when millions of American non-farmers are unemployed and the government is flat broke!
You folks at the Times want a Chesapeake Bay cleanup bill? Demand a freaking Chesapeake Bay cleanup bill! We've had all the wasteful (freaking) farm bills this country can afford!
We're broke! Freaking broke! Get it through your thick skulls! What was ain't no more!
My God. Are we this far gone as a nation?
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On a smaller note, this should never have been allowed to go to press either:
"But House Republican leaders were too busy bickering among themselves over how much to cut food stamps to consider the Senate farm bill."
The food stamp program, being under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture, was part of the farm bill. It wasn't either/or.