Morning Action: Will Food Stamps End Up Back in the Farm Bill?

FARM BILL.  House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said that food stamps may certainly end up in the final conference report:

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said Tuesday that “conversations can and will begin immediately” with the Senate on the Farm Bill and nothing the House has done so far precludes including food stamp reforms in the final conference report.

The Oklahoma Republican made his remarks in a two-page memo circulated among his Republican committee members late Tuesday. The action came as Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) told her colleagues that she expected Wednesday to initiate the process for the two chambers to begin a formal conference.

Lucas said he will also pursue separate meetings with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and “interested members” on and off his committee, regarding food stamps, formally titled the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

This is despite the fact that there has been no real reform made to either the farm programs or to the food stamp program, though there is still some talk of reforming the latter

IMMIGRATION. The Senate Gang of Eight met Tuesday evening with outside groups to discuss immigration reform, in an effort to bolster support for their amnesty bill:

The previously undisclosed meeting was with groups primarily at the center-right of the political spectrum, according to one source, and centered largely on discussion over how these outside groups could help influence House Republicans, especially over the imminent August recess.

The House has yet to determine how to move forward with its legislation, and a unique coalition of outside groups from the left and right helped push the Senate toward a comprehensive bipartisan framework.

OBAMACARE. Heritage notes how badly Obamacare has gone for America, from the mandates to the Medicaid expansion:

The mandates. The long-term care insurance. The Medicaid expansion. All going swimmingly, right?

Only in the minds of Harry Reid and the bureaucrats at Health and Human Services (HHS).

Despite a host of delays, legal challenges, and complete implementation failures, the Senate Majority Leader says “Obamacare has been wonderful for America.” The Administration says it’s simply implementing the law “in a careful, thoughtful manner.”

And right after the Administration announced it was delaying Obamacare’s employer mandate—one of its main provisions—HHS released a video saying Obamacare is “ON SCHEDULE.”

CFPB.  Richard Cordray has been confirmed to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, despite numerous legitimate concerns conservatives had with his nomination:

After two years of being caught in the middle of Washington’s partisan warfare, Richard Cordray has been confirmed to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The stalemate over Cordray’s nomination was broken after Democrats threatened to change Senate rules so that it would only take 51 votes to confirm nominees for executive branch jobs.

NLRB.  President Obama has nominated a union lawyer and labor board counsel to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB):

Obama picked Nancy Schiffer, a former associate general counsel to the AFL-CIO, and Kent Hirozawa, chief counsel to NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce, to be members of the labor board.

The NLRB picks come as part of a Senate deal to move forward on several of Obama’s nominations to the executive branch, including a package of nominees to the labor board.

KEYSTONE.  There is wide support among Americans for the Keystone XL Pipeline:

While the Obama administration mulls whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Americans are already decided. They support the project by a wide margin, prioritizing potential economic benefits over possible environmental consequences.

Heritage has explained that this project would benefit America.

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