Here We Go.... Live Blogging the House Farm Bill Floor Debate

Those in the know have told us the House of Representatives will tackle the 2007 Farm Bill today, despite yesterday's political theatrics that clearly threaten its passage. Thanks to the magic of the internet, we'll be watching and liveblogging the debate. The House is scheduled to go in session at 10:00am Eastern, but it is not clear exactly what time they will take up the Farm Bill. Things could get interesting.

News Alert! Will Republicans Kill the Farm Bill?

Just today, House of Representatives Republican Minority Leader John Boehner announced that the House Republican Leadership would oppose the 2007 Farm Bill passed by the House Agriculture Committee last Thursday. From the Republican Leader's e-alert:

Act Now: A Critical Moment for the Farm Bill

We've written about it constantly since it happened. But let me put it plainly: last Wednesday the House Agriculture Committee struck a major blow to family farms by voting to increase subsidies to mega-farms.

When that happened, we asked you to write to Speaker Pelosi and tell her America expects real Farm Bill reform. Thanks to your efforts, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will be allowed to bring an amendment to the House floor during debate on the Farm Bill this Thursday.

How to Drive Us Crazy

We spend a lot of time in the home office reading various media accounts of the farm bill process, and every once in a while we see things that cause the blood pressure to jump 20 points and give us a strong desire to go out and kick some misinformed (and occasionally malicious) rear ends.  Below is a rundown on three articles with some truly infuriating lines, and we explain why we hit the roof when we see such bunk.  We invite everyone to send us more examples of farm bill outrageousness.  Shoot an email to or stick something in the comment


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