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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:13 PM

House passes bill to help livestock producers hit by drought

Source: AP

2 WASHINGTON —The House on Thursday extended disaster assistance to livestock producers reeling from rising feed prices caused by the drought that has scorched much of the nation.

The 223-197 vote to revive expired disaster relief programs for cattle and sheep producers was one of the House’s last actions before lawmakers left for their five-week August recess.

The Senate was not acting on the bill as it wrapped up its pre-recess work, and Democratic opponents characterized the legislation as cover for Republicans having to explain to rural constituents why they put off action on a comprehensive five-year farm policy bill.

While many crop farmers have insurance that provides some protection from the effects of the worst drought in a quarter-century, livestock producers are vulnerable to sharp increases in feed prices resulting from the dry weather. Some have had to liquidate stocks early because of the high maintenance costs.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/house-to-take-up-bill-to-help-livestock-producers-hit-by-drought/2012/08/02/gJQA5QEzQX_singlePage.html

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Reply House passes bill to help livestock producers hit by drought (Original post)
alp227 Aug 2012 OP
NYC_SKP Aug 2012 #1
NickB79 Aug 2012 #8
NYC_SKP Aug 2012 #9
scarletwoman Aug 2012 #2
alp227 Aug 2012 #7
ForgoTheConsequence Aug 2012 #3
valerief Aug 2012 #6
Grassy Knoll Aug 2012 #4
nineteen50 Aug 2012 #5

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:19 PM

1. Unsustainable food industry...

...is unsustainable.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 06:59 PM

8. The human population in general is unsustainable

7 billion of us and counting, and the planet's ecosystems are straining under our weight more and more every day.

This will not end well for us.

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Response to NickB79 (Reply #8)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 07:19 PM

9. This is a fact. I agree. nt

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:33 PM

2. The House voted on a bill that won't be taken up by the Senate. Nothing is going to happen.

It's just some last minute posturing to make it look like the House did something. Unless and until this bill is passed by BOTH chambers of Congress, it doesn't do a damn thing. It has not been signed into law, it's just a show vote.

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Response to scarletwoman (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 01:21 AM

7. I read further in the article and found a strange bedfellows moment...

"While there was little dispute over the difficult straits of the livestock industry, there was opposition to the bill from environmental groups disturbed by the cuts to the conservation programs, anti-tax groups who saw the bill as another government bailout and agriculture groups who have been pushing the House to vote on a five-year farm bill that, in addition to making fundamental changes in agriculture safety nets, would restore the disaster relief programs. The current long-term farm bill expires at the end of September."

Which must be why the bill didn't unanimously pass as some would assume.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:34 PM

3. What happened to the free market?

I thought it sorted everything out on its own?

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 12:53 AM

6. Bingo! nt

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:40 PM

4. how nice of them to cut food stamps...

to help farmers, these assholes need to help everybody.
fuck R's in congress.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 12:48 AM

5. socialism let them eat cake

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