WASHINGTON DC - The U.S. House of Representatives in late January passed a nearly $1 trillion farm bill that raises spending nearly 50 percent above the last farm bill in 2008. The Senate is voting on the same measure early this week.
The 2008 farm bill was projected to spend $640 billion over 10 years. This 2014 farm bill is projected to spend $956 billion over 10 years.
“By picking and choosing the worst aspects of the House- and Senate-passed bills, somehow the conference created a ‘Frankenstein monster’ that is even worse than the bills it started with,” said Nan Swift, federal government affairs manager at the National Taxpayers Union.
The vote was 251-166. Most Republican lawmakers supported the bill, whereas most Democrats opposed it. Democrats objected to “cuts” in food stamp spending, yet nearly 80 percent of the spending in the so-called “farm” bill goes toward food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. More on the 2014 farm bill HERE.
How did the Illinois House delegation vote? (see below)
Charts from New York Post