FarmPolicy

November 13, 2018

Political Dynamics

Categories: EU /Farm Bill

Today, the House Ag Committee begins to consider the provisions of H.R. 2419, the 2007 Farm Bill. The hearing begins at 1:00 pm Eastern in 1300 Longworth, and live audio and video will be available here.

As the debate begins, recall some general political considerations that were noted in an article from Saturday’s Washington Post. In part, the Post article stated that, “A coalition of Democratic-leaning environmental organizations, anti-poverty groups and church organizations are pushing to redirect some subsidies to conservation, wetlands preservation, rural development and nutrition. But top Democrats are reluctant to push too hard for changes that could put at risk Democratic freshmen from ‘red’ states, which backed President Bush’s reelection in 2004 and where the farm vote is still a factor in close elections.”

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