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Playing Politics: Democrats Block Drought Relief Measures For Farmers

August 5, 2012
Tony Lee, Breitbart News
8/3/2012

On Thursday, the House passed a short-term $383 million measure to provide immediate relief for farmers and livestock producers impacted by the recent drought. Conservative groups urged Representatives to proceed with caution on a pork-laden farm bill, as roughly 80 percent of the bill dealt with items such as food stamps rather than actual farming issues.

The House, knowing the five-year measure it was considering may have trouble passing, brought up the short term measure to ensure immediate relief could be given to farmers who needed it.

According to the New York Times, as soon as the House bill passed, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) took to the Senate floor to say the Senate would not consider the House measure and instead “lawmakers would instead work informally over the August recess to try to put together a new measure to present to Congress when it meets in September.”

Stabenow did this, the Times notes, even though the White House would have considered signing the measure passed in the House into law.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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