GOP Congressman Rodney Davis says he is very pleased with the compromise Farm Bill that will go to a vote in the House tomorrow and in the Senate next week. Davis says the bill ends direct payments to farmers in favor of a beefed up crop insurance program and partly closes what he calls a loophole in the food stamp program allowing people who receive even one dollar in heating assistance to qualify for food stamps. The new threshold in heating assistance is higher. Davis says the bill saves taxpayers $23-billion.
Critics of expanded crop insurance say it will actually cost taxpayers more. Davis says the Congressional Budget Office scored the provision as a savings and estimates are based on projections anyway because there is no payment without a verifiable loss. He also says over five years crop insurance spending has fallen by $16 billion.
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