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.