While earmarks no longer serve as congressional currency, lawmakers still find ways to engage in legislative logrolling. Nowhere is that more evident than in the misnamed “farm bill,” in which lawmakers wrap disparate issues — agriculture subsidies and the food-stamp program — into one piece of legislation.
This year, 80 percent of the spending in the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act goes toward the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as food stamps. In 2002 and 2008, roughly two-thirds of “farm”-bill spending went toward food stamps.(Read More)