Subsidy cap is blanched

Parke Wilde's U.S. Food Policy blog has an update on the status of the Dorgan-Grassley amendment, which would have put a $250,000/recipient cap on subsidy payments. The status: dead. The kicker: the amendment failed despite the fact that a majority of senators voted in support of it. What is this madness, you ask? Ken Cook digs into the procedural morass over at Mulch. The gist is that Democratic leaders, afraid of a filibuster threat by fellow Democrat (and major subsidy supporter) Blanche Lincoln (AR), agreed to require a 60-vote majority to pass Dorgan-Grassley in exchange for Blanche stepping back on the filibuster threat. They then fell 4 votes short of that majority.

Before you swear off political activism forever, it appears that the livestock amendments mentioned below have not yet been voted on. I highly recommend funneling all that anger over our dysfunctional political process into two very powerful, very timely calls to your senators. They may be the last people on earth you want to speak to right now, but they're the ones who most need to hear from you.

 

4 Responsesto “Subsidy cap is blanched”

  1. Mark says:

    Extremely disappointing...let him filibuster the damn thing...it is junk already. He would not have done it and still been able to go back to his constituents and explain how he was blocking the farm bill.

    This is nuts. Pelosi has turned out to be as useless and politically calculating as the Republicans. No Guts, No Glory! For me, I think they should shut down the whole place and pass nothing until Bush, and both parties can just take things on straight up and down votes like they had up until the 2006 Fall elections. Throw them all out and start over...ARGH!

  2. ExPat Chef says:

    Why not just have voters take over and do our country's legislation by online votes. To hell with Congress and Bush, especially Bush. We'll do a better job. I'm ready to take charge of the responsibility.

  3. demian says:

    In the end, which is expected to come sometime today, all of the reform amendments will have failed. A few passed, but none of the biggees - for example an amendment by Sen. Coburn to limit subsidies to deceased farmers was accepted unanimously - that was a real risky one, took a lot of political courage. But I will tell you there is movement afoot for future reform, and we feel that we did win in many ways. And public pressure and other efforts were successful. Part of the reason for changing the rules on us - requiring 60 votes for passage of a number of reform amendments - is indicative that pressure was felt. But in the end, the "leaders" in the Senate capitulated to a few Southern Senators with well-heeled agribusiness whispering in their ears.

  4. Siel says:

    I'm hoping there'll soon be a day when there'll be happy things for Mulch and The Ethicurean to report. The Farm Bill thing seems to get more depressing by the day --