Four GOP members of the House Agriculture Committee (Chairman, Frank Lucas (Okla.), Randy Neugebauer (Tex.), Marlin Stutzman (Ind.), and Rick Crawford (Ark.)) held a Farm Bill field hearing on Friday at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark.
At the opening of the hearing, Chairman Lucas pointed out that, “Today, we’ll hear from a wide variety of producers from across the Southeast. I expect we’ll hear a different perspective than we got in the Northeast and Midwest.
“That’s why it’s so important that we offer a choice of policy options. The broad range of agricultural production makes our country strong, but it also creates challenges when we’re trying to write a single Farm Bill to support so many different regions and commodities.”
Farm Bill Issues
Naftali Bendavid and Damian Paletta reported in today’s Wall Street Journal that, “The House approved a Republican budget Thursday after a heated two-day debate that underlined the nation’s political divide and forecast a battle at year’s end over an array of scheduled spending cuts and tax increases.”
The article noted that, “The plan almost certainly won’t become law, given opposition by President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats, but both parties say it will help frame the campaign for the White House and control of Congress. Each side is counting on the November election to give them an upper hand in the debate.
“The vote was 228-191, with all Democrats and 10 Republicans opposing the GOP budget.”
Jonathan Weisman reported in today’s New York Times that, “Under the Ryan plan, spending would be cut $5.3 trillion below President Obama’s budget through 2022. Medicare would be reduced by $205 billion. Medicaid and other health programs would be cut $770 billion. Other entitlement programs, including welfare, food stamps, agriculture subsidies and transportation, would be cut by nearly $2 trillion.”