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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:48 PM

Senate defeats proposal to trim food stamp program

Source: Associated Press

Senate defeats proposal to trim food stamp program
Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 4:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 4:46 p.m.

The Senate on Tuesday began plowing through 73 amendments to a $500-billion bill that will set farm policy and fund the food stamp program over the next five years. One of its first votes was to reject a proposal to trim food stamp spending.

The farm bill, one of the last major pieces of legislation that could clear Congress before the election, carries out major changes to the federal safety net for farmers, replacing their direct payments, even when they don't plant crops, with greater emphasis on crop insurance and a new program to protect farmers from revenue losses.

The Senate is expected to vote on all the amendments and pass the bill by the end of the week. It then goes to the House, where it could run into resistance from fiscal conservatives.

An early amendment in the Senate dealt with the price of the food stamp program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which now totals $80 billion a year, about 80 percent of the bill's spending. Food stamp rolls have doubled over the last eight years to 46 million people, driven by the recession.

Read more: http://www.goupstate.com/article/20120619/APW/1206190936

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Judi Lynn Jun 2012 OP
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:00 PM

1. I called both my Senators about this....

If you were appalled last fall when Congressional leaders worked behind closed doors with agribusiness lobbyists to craft a Secret Farm Bill and then disgusted this spring when the discovery of government subsidies paying for Pink Slime fed to our nationís school children went viral, you should be outraged over the current debate unfolding in Washington, DC over the 2012 Food and Farm Bill.

In a matter of a few hours the Senate will begin voting on vital amendments to the Food and Farm Bill, also known as Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012. As it stands now, the bill needlessly cuts vital nutrition and conservation programs and provides a massive boondoggle for crop insurance companies that will cost taxpayers billions of dollars every year, while putting our environment at risk.

Itís vital that we tell our Senators that we need a Farm Bill that works for the American people, family farmers and the environment and not corporate agribusiness and insurance companies. Urgent calls are needed to make sure that we have a farm bill that promotes healthy, sustainable food.

Click here to tell your Senator to stand up for Americaís farmers and the environment!


A recent analysis of the federal crop insurance payments found that 26 farming operations received over $1 million or more last year alone. With one Minnesota corn and soybean farm receiving more than $1.7 million in federal crop insurance subsidies.

As it is currently written, the expanded insurance program in the Farm Bill will make it profitable for farmers to plant on the most marginal, highly erodible land, while requiring no conservation measure to be followed when a farmer receives government insurance subsidies.

Click here to make a call today to make sure that 2012 Food and Farm Bill protects farmers, eaters and the environment. We need your help today!

The 2012 Food and Farm Bill should be about creating health food for Americaís citizens, providing safety nets for family farmers and protecting our soil, land and environment for the future, not larding agribusiness and corporate lobbyists with billions in government handouts.

Here are a list of the amendments that Food Democracy Now! and our allies for a healthy, sustainable food system are supporting today, please make sure that your Senators hear about your support for them today! Please call your own Senators today and tell them that you support these amendments:

Gillibrand Amendment No. 2156 Restores funding for vital nutrition programs and limits excessive payments to crop insurance companies.

Chambliss Amendment No. 2438. Links the receipt of federally subsidized crop insurance to basic conservation requirements.

Durbin-Coburn Amendment No. 2439 Limits the amount of insurance subsidies for the wealthiest farmers.

Merkley Amendment No. 2382 Creates an organic crop insurance program that offers organic farmers.

Sanders Amendment No. 2310 Allows states to label genetically engineered foods.

Brown Amendment No. 2445 Provides mandatory funding for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development.

Please pass this on to others who want to create a sustainable food system for today and for tomorrow - together we can make change happen!

Thanks for participating in food democracy,

Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:03 PM

2. i just don't understand people sometimes....

..infinite amounts of money for wars but no money to feed poor people....

Poor and middle class people who vote GOP are just like the little nerdy kid in high school who actually thought the cool kids liked him....*smh*

this doesn't raise flags for people??? i didn't realize you could live so high off the hog on food stamps.....

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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:25 PM

3. this stuff really does make me want to bash my head into a wall. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:07 PM

4. Here is exactly what Sessions proposed..it saved only 11 Billion over 10 years...

The Democratic-led Senate defeated 56-43 a proposal by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., that would have restored strict asset tests for food stamp eligibility. Households with gross incomes less than 130 percent of the poverty level and liquid assets below $2,000, or $3,250 for households with elderly or disabled people, qualify for food stamps. But Sessions says the asset test is widely ignored by states that allow the asset limit to be exceeded if a person receives other welfare benefits. He said his amendment would have saved taxpayers $11 billion over 10 years.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:17 PM

5. Heller, Brown, Snow and Collins were the only Republicans who voted with the Dems..

There was one Democrate who voted with Sessions...Clair Mc Caskil l
look for yourself..


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