The PJ Tatler

GOP Drops Food Stamps from Farm Bill

After last month’s big pork fail, a new approach:

House Republican leaders are taking a risky step as they try to bring a massive farm bill back to the floor, dropping food stamps from the legislation in the face of Democratic opposition.

The farm bill historically has been a vehicle for both oodles of farm subsidies and billions of dollars worth of food stamps. Twinning the two massive programs has in the past helped win support from rural-state lawmakers and those representing big cities. But after the bill failed in the House last month, Republican leaders are trying a different approach.

How about this for an approach: Quit treating Archer-Daniels-Midland like a welfare case and maybe the economy can grow enough to get people off of food stamps.