The House of Representatives left Washington, D.C., without sending a viable farm bill to the Senate, which means House Speaker John Boehner is going to have a lot of work to do when Congress returns in September.
A new five-year farm bill is needed before the present one expires Sept. 30 unless Congress is willing to abandon a program that provides support to large and small farm operations and food stamps for about 47 million Americans.
Financing food stamps is the sticking point. The Senate has passed a comprehensive farm bill, but House Republicans removed food stamps from their version, the first time that has been done in more than 40 years. …
The Senate farm bill already cuts about $5 billion from the food-stamp program, but House leaders are looking to keep the food stamps separate from the rest of the bill and to cut about $20 billion from the program.
This is not the time to be slashing food subsidies, certainly not by 25 percent, which would cause a hardship on millions of people, many of them children.
— The (Youngstown) Vindicator