Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:13 PM
alp227 (27,427 posts)
House passes bill to help livestock producers hit by drought
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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House passes bill to help livestock producers hit by drought (Original post)
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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)
Fri Aug 3, 2012, 06:59 PM
NickB79 (11,265 posts)
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.
Response to alp227 (Original post)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:33 PM
scarletwoman (27,096 posts)
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.
Response to scarletwoman (Reply #2)
Fri Aug 3, 2012, 01:21 AM
alp227 (27,427 posts)
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.