Farm Bill Rejected by House
The so-called Farm Bill was voted down in the US House of Representatives this week. Congressman Jim Bridenstine was among the 234 voting “No” in a bi-partisan majority.
The Farm Bill wrapped agriculture subsidies and the food stamp program into one piece of legislation. Congressman Bridenstine observed, “Both the agriculture program and food stamps need major reform. The two programs must be separated to accomplish real reform. Many people don’t realize that over 70% of the spending in the bill went to food stamps.”
When the two programs were linked in the 1970s, only 2% of Americans received food entitlements but now 15% of the population is dependent on food stamps. “Apart from consuming $80 billion a year in taxpayer money, the program has created a culture of dependency on the federal government. The size of the program doubled under President Bush and has more than doubled again under President Obama’s stimulus program. This cannot continue,” Bridenstine said.