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Sam Stein

Tom Vilsack To GOP: The '80s Called, They Want Their Attacks On Food Stamps Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Republicans' obsession with cutting food stamps is symptomatic of a 1980s state of mind. "This...

Big Alliance Goes Down In GOP Failure

AP | THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa -- For decades, country and city interests had come together every few years to pass the farm bill, a measure that provided billions ...

Federal Log-Rolling and Agricultural Subsidies: Time to End the Farmers' Dole

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Congress is debating the so-called Federal Agricultural Reform and Risk Management Act. More commonly known as the Farm Bill, it is a looting expedition, roughly 80 percent general welfare (food stamps, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and 20 percent farm welfare (agricultural price supports).

Arthur Delaney

House Republicans Might Take Food Stamps Cuts Out Of Farm Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the House of Representatives might move to separate nutrition assistance from agriculture subsidies, a move that would sp...

Why the Failure of the Farm Bill Was Good for Low-Income Families

Elizabeth Lower-Basch | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Lower-Basch

The Southerland amendment would have incentivized states to deny SNAP benefits to needy individuals and families by allowing the states to keep half the savings resulting from decreased SNAP payments, even though the federal government pays the full cost of SNAP benefits.

The Food Aid Bill: We Will Progress Step by Step

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Why are there so many efforts to impose means tests, drug tests, and other obstacles to eligibility for food stamps while the financial giants of this country were bailed out with a no-strings-attached $700 billion bailout in 2008?

Eat the Rich! How the Food Stamp Cuts Reflect an Emerging Front in the Climate War

Patrick Robbins | Posted 08.24.2013 | Green
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Patrick Robbins

Austerity, it seems, is being allowed to become our official policy with regard to hunger, which unfortunately makes it a de facto climate adaptation policy as well.

Michael McAuliff

Reid Vows No Bailout For Boehner On Farm Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned Monday that there would be no new bailouts for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) aft...

Scarecrow Boehner

Jeff Danziger | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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The Real SNAP Challenge

Maya Rupert | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Maya Rupert

The difference between spending a week restricted to a $31.50 food budget and actually living that reality daily is the difference between being on a waterslide and trying to survive onboard a sinking ship.

Arthur Delaney

Republican Mocks Dems' Food Stamp Diets

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats say it's hard to feed a family on a food stamp budget, and for the past week more than two dozen have been eating on $4.50 a d...

Embarrassing House Rejection Leaves Few Options

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House's broad rejection of a massive farm bill could signal a shift in the way Congress views agriculture policy. Farm issues once ...

The Farm Bill Deserved to Fail

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Over the years, Farm Bill reauthorizations have systematically taken much of the risk out of farming, with large agribusiness not so much farming the land as farming the federal taxpayer.

In the Richest Nation in the World, Our Farm Bill Should Not Lead to More Hunger

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

I am not celebrating the failure of this legislation. We need a strong farm bill that gives assistance to farmers during times of drought, creates markets for local goods, protects our environment, and helps struggling families bridge the gap between hard times and a full dinner table.

Michael McAuliff

Food Stamp Cuts Derail Farm Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican and Democratic leaders waged a blame game Thursday after GOP-backed cuts to food stamps unexpectedly derailed a trillion-doll...

Major Bill Fails To Pass House

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House rejected a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill Thursday that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps an...

House Leaders Block Series of Animal Welfare Votes

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 08.19.2013 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Look at the history of any social reform movement, and you'll see heroes who led the way. Yet the historical record is also peppered with pe...

Arthur Delaney

Republicans Want To Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives will soon decide whether states should be able to make food stamp recipients pee in cups to prove they're n...

Michael McAuliff

Food Stamps Mean $100 Million To Military Families

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While the House of Representatives considers cutting more than $20 billion from the food stamps program this week, it may want to consid...

Arthur Delaney

Food Stamp Cuts Draw White House Veto Threat

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Monday threatened to veto farm legislation that would cut billions from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistanc...

Why We Need the Farm Bill

Dr. Oran Hesterman | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Dr. Oran Hesterman

There is no need more basic than food, and there is no legislation with a bigger impact on our nation's nutrition than the Farm Bill.

Is The Price Of Milk About To Change?

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 08.17.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — Approval of a massive farm bill – and the cost of a gallon of milk – could hinge on a proposed new dairy program the Ho...

Farm Bill Passage May Hinge On Dairy Battle

AP | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics

BY MARY CLARE JALONICK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Approval of a massive farm bill – and the cost of a gallon of milk – could hinge on...

America Feeds the Rich

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The Farm Bill that is expected to pass the U.S. House this week explains income inequality in America. The Republican-sponsored proposal slashes food stamps for poor children and pads farm subsidies for wealthy agri-businessmen.

How Free Trade Might Be the World's Best Option

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 08.16.2013 | Business
Bjørn Lomborg

British Prime Minister David Cameron has rightly put free trade on the top of the G8 agenda. It is possibly one of the best ways we could help the world foster economic prosperity and development.