House Agriculture Committee Member Jim McGovern (D., Mass.) spoke on the House floor today about hunger issues in the United States.
In part, Rep. McGovern noted that, “Once again, I rise to talk about the issue of hunger in America. There are over 50 million Americans who go hungry each year. That’s about one in every six Americans who don’t know where their meal is coming from on any given day. Mr. Speaker, in the richest, most prosperous country in the world, that is unconscionable.”
At a GOP news conference on the sequester issue on Monday, a reporter pointed out to House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) that Direct Payments had been included in sequester alternatives as a source for potential spending cuts on both sides of Capitol Hill.
In response, Speaker Boehner indicated that cutting Direct Payments was an “option” with respect to a sequester alternative and that it could be “someplace to start.”
Rosalind S. Helderman reported yesterday at The Post Politics Blog (Washington Post) that, “Congress has officially returned to business after a week-long recess, but there is no new sign of serious negotiations to avert sequestration on Friday.”
Yesterday’s update indicated that, “A Senate Republican aide said Monday that party Senate leaders plan to advance competing sequestration measures on Wednesday. By unanimous consent, both sides have agreed that either measure would need 60 votes to proceed, meaning that each measure is bound to fail.
“The Democratic version would delay the sequester until January, paid for in part by reducing agricultural subsidies and raising taxes on those making more than $1 million a year. The aide said the specifics of the Republican version would be unveiled later Monday and that it would leave the cuts in place but would allow more flexibility in how to implement them.”