Monumental Conservative Victory: Food Stamp and Farm Bill Fails in the House

Today the House rejected the $940 billion food stamp and farm bill by a vote of 195 to 234.  Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham said:

“Today is a victory for the taxpayer and the free market.  Now is the time for the House to recognize what so many others have: The unholy alliance that has long dominated America’s agriculture and nutrition policy must end.”

We have long opposed this bill for many reasons, not the least of which is that it maintained the unholy alliance between food stamps and farm policy.  For decades, costs have been escalating for taxpayers while farmers have grown wealthier and food stamp participation has skyrocketed.

That is why we have called for these issues to be considered separately — only when they are separated will real reform be possible.

Today’s vote was a major victory for consumers, farmers, and especially taxpayers who would have been on the hook for another trillion dollar bill we cannot afford.

Conservatives in Congress, together with Heritage Action, played important parts in this victory.  But YOU, the conservative activists, were the driving force. YOU motivated your representatives to do good by America.

Of course, this is one battle in a long line of conservative battles to save the country from decline into liberalism.  We look forward to working with you to save American values and ensure America’s prosperity.

>> See how your Representative voted on our legislative scorecard.

Help us keep the pressure on

Defeating the farm bill was a big win. But big-government lawmakers are sure to bring it up again – and the fight over amnesty is right around the corner. Help us keep the pressure on Congress to stick to conservative principles and ensure future victories.

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