Reid Blocks Conservative Amendments to Farm Bill

In an effort to push the Senate to pass the Gang of Eight’s  $6.3 trillion amnesty bill, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is rushing Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to get the so-called “farm bill” off the floor by Saturday.  As part of this effort, Reid is obstructing conservative amendments to the “farm bill.”  According to reports, he will file a cloture motion and begin the process of ending debate on this trillion-dollar bill.

As we’ve noted, this bill is in serious need of reform; this is true of both the food stamps comprising 80 percent of the spending in the bill and the farm programs comprising less than 20 percent of the spending.

Many of the conservative amendments Reid is blocking might improve this horrible bill.  Remember, this 1,150-page bill cleared committee in just three hours; surely there is room for improvement. Unfortunately, Reid is more concerned with blocking Republican amendments than allowing conservative reforms to the bill. 

Reid is notorious for his Senate power grabs and obstructionism, using his position of authority and procedural tactics to get his way.  He’s even acted to undermine equal representation in the Senate through so called “filibuster reform” by ensuring that he personally has the final say on all legislation.

His obstruction of conservative amendments to the “farm bill” is disappointing, politically motivated, and inappropriate, but sadly it is not surprising.  And just think, this is the guy who will be leading the immigration debate next week in the Senate.

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