Huelskamp picks wrong way to attack farm bill

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September 11, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Rep. Tim Huelskamp  of the Kansas First District — where many Kansas farmers live — is one of the reasons Congress didn’t pass a farm bill before it went on vacation last month. Rep. Huelskamp  wants to cut the food stamp allocation of about $72 billion by $33 billion — nearly in half. That’s about twice the reduction the Senate had already approved. 

While Huelskamp  belongs to the radical right fringe in Congress, he is not alone in his desire to cut back the cost of the five-year farm bill, which will reach nearly a trillion dollars when it finally becomes law.

It is his decision to attack the food stamp allocation, which will draw wide-ranging opposition, primarily from non-farm legislators.

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