The battles over the farm bill continues to heat up as some prepare to try to decouple the safety net for american food producers from welfare recipients, as reported in Politico:
Corn prices continue to fall even as Republicans celebrate their new “welfare queen” for abusing food stamps: a long-haired surfer-rocker from California buying lobster with his $200 monthly benefit.
The final text of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s proposed cuts from nutrition spending is due out Monday. Floor votes could come this week in what remains a closely fought battle. Fox News has jumped in, distributing scores of videos to Capitol offices of last month’s report featuring the surfer deadbeat.
The House seeks some middle ground by paying on 85 percent of all planted acres up to a level equal to the historic base for each farm. As a practical matter, this allows for about a 17 percent increase in acreage coverage. But the cap is also a brake for Lucas on what he argues is the “artificial” impact of the renewable mandate.
Midwest Republicans, most pivotal to the Senate farm bill, want more to capture their region’s gains. A new revenue protection plan backed by corn growers to supplement crop insurance would pay up to the four-year average of planted acres for a farm, regardless of the farmer’s old base.
“They want to lock the world into this new paradigm, which only lasts as long as there is that ethanol requirement,” Lucas complained to POLITICO.
Perhaps to gain leverage, the same Midwest senators, such as GOP Sens. Pat Roberts of Kansas and John Thune of South Dakota, are dead-set against planted acres being used by the House in its favorite program: a price loss program that would be triggered when markets fall below target prices.