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Category: Farm Bill Poverty
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UN to vote on resolution on link between conflict and famine 24.5.2018 Washington Post: World
The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote soon on a resolution recognizing the link between conflict and the threat of famine.
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House farm bill fails as conservatives revolt over immigration 18.5.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Disputes over immigration and food stamps doomed the measure. Every Democrat and 30 Republicans voted against the bill.
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Conservative revolt over immigration sinks U.S. House farm bill 18.5.2018 Denver Post: Business
In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in GOP-leaning farm country.
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In blow to GOP, House fails to pass massive farm bill in face of conservative showdown 18.5.2018 Washington Post
Republican leadership negotiated with conservative lawmakers up to the final minutes before the vote but were unable to placate those demanding commitments on immigration.
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6 things to watch in the House Farm Bill 18.5.2018 Washington Post
The bill, authorized every five years, involves way more than agriculture — such as requirements for food stamps and school lunches.
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Tougher work rules for food stamps won’t help poor people — or save much money 18.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Unemployment is at a record low. The U.S. economy has logged nine straight years of slow-but-steady growth. Yet somehow, 40 million Americans need help from the government just to put food on the table. Although that figure is down from its post-recession peak of 47.6 million in 2013, it’s still...

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Republicans want Big Government, too. They just want it to help fewer people. 18.5.2018 Washington Post
Republicans want Big Government, too. They just want it to help fewer people.
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Republican FARM Bill Forces Sick To Work, Hungry To Starve 16.5.2018 Crooks Liars
In Congressional Republicans' valiant effort to "Make America Great Again," they are hoping to pass a FARM bill that imposes a work requirement for Medicaid recipients, and kick millions of hungry people off food stamps. 97 million people are on Medicaid: 2 in 5 children use it, 6 million seniors use it, and half of all U.S. births are paid for by Medicaid. As for the Medicaid work requirements, they're claiming they'll consider an exemption for people living in counties with high rates of unemployment. Care to take a wild guess as to who that benefits? *loud whisper* WHITE PEOPLE. This is because exemptions would generally happen to apply to rural white counties, not urban centers with large Black populations. I like to call it the "triple W." "White Work Waiver." In Michigan, the disparities are particularly stark. If the waiver were approved, black residents would make up just 1.2 percent of the people eligible for an exemption, though they are 23 percent of the state’s Medicaid population. White ...
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If House Republicans Get Their Way, Rural Americans Are Screwed 16.5.2018 Mother Jones
Back in 2016, the Republican Party won the presidency and both chambers of Congress with strong support in rural areas, particularly among farmers. But since that triumph, the Grand Old Party hasn’t exactly been a champion of rural interests. As I’ve written in recent months, President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration is essentially an attack […]
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Yes, Pelosi and McCarthy represent two different Californias — but why do they serve each other's voters? 16.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary

My colleague Mark Z. Barabak expertly laid out last week the chances of California’s two leading members of Congress, Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), making history after the November election.

That would happen if Pelosi keeps her post as leader of House Democrats...

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Agriculture secretary tours Rockies amid farm-aid debate 15.5.2018 Denver Post: National News Headlines
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue kicked off a four-state tour Monday in New Mexico to highlight Trump administration priorities on support for farmers and food stamps as House Republicans on Capitol Hill push for a five-year renewal of federal farm and nutrition policy.
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Wounded pigs and dehydrated ducks: Questions arise about how the Agriculture Department treats its animals 14.5.2018 Washington Post
Wounded pigs and dehydrated ducks: Questions arise about how the Agriculture Department treats its animals
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Stop Talking About SNAP Fraud 11.5.2018 American Prospect
Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ads in the District of Columbia were hard to miss. Posters begging passersby to help “STOP SNAP FRAUD!” replaced the usually more innocuous ads in Washington’s Metro system. While many of the ads were in underground subway stations, buses were also wrapped in fraud prevention ads. They plastered the Capitol South metro station, too—the one used by many legislative staffers—as Congress is gearing up to renew the farm bill, the massive legislation that may contain sweeping changes to SNAP, the program commonly known as food stamps. The nation’s capital has a progressive population (just  4 percent  of the city’s votes went to Trump in 2016), so these ads did not go over well. SNAP fraud, after all, is a relatively uncommon phenomenon in the District of Columbia and elsewhere. In 2016, out of 1,000 completed investigations of the city’s roughly 134,000 SNAP recipients, officials found only 134 clear-cut cases of fraud—a fraud  ...
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The Health 202: Guess what's in the farm bill? Funding for health plans pushed by Trump 7.5.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Plans like these have failed before.
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Why the tech industry should care about the farm bill being drafted right now 28.4.2018 TechCrunch
For some food stamp recipients, 2018 could shape up to be a particularly aggravating year, including for one of the only startups trying to find ways to innovate on the ways that food stamps are delivered and managed. It’s not something that’s talked about much in tech circles, but perhaps it should be, given that […]
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The Health 202: The health care world slams Trump's proposal for short-term insurance plans 24.4.2018 Washington Post: Politics
The deadline to comment on the HHS proposal just passed.
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The Health 202: Medicare is the name in Democrats' health-care game 19.4.2018 Washington Post: Politics
But is politics or policy behind the new push?
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The Republican plan to tighten food stamp work requirements is advancing - without a single Democrat’s vote 19.4.2018 Washington Post: Politics
House Republicans unanimously voted to advance their Farm Bill, even as Democrats excoriated it as an “ideological crusade” that would hurt the poor.
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The 2018 Farm Bill's Hidden Agenda to Push Millions Off Food Stamps 18.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Truthout doesn't take corporate money and we don't shy away from confronting the root causes of injustice. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? Last August, on the first day of an eight state, two-installment RV tour to address poverty and prosperity in rural America for the upcoming farm bill, US Department of Agriculture Secretary George "Sonny" Perdue visited the Wisconsin State Fair.  Activities that morning included carnival rides and a listening session with farmers, which Perdue hosted alongside Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Afterward, Perdue, Walker and their families were in search of food. Walker quipped, "We'll probably find a few things on a stick." Perdue then set out in a Class A Hurricane Thor Motor Coach (floorplans start with an MSRP value above $100,000) to meet with young farmers at a farm he called, "a feed the hunger" type farm -- in reference to the Hunger Task Force Farm south of Milwaukee. Perdue also hosted Paul Ryan in the RV later that day. They sat ...
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John Melcher, Democrat who served Montana in House and Senate, dies at 93 14.4.2018 Washington Post
John Melcher, Democrat who served Montana in House and Senate, dies at 93
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