Thursday, July 26, 2007

Kind's Farm Bill Amendment Fails

The U.S. House of Representatives rejected an amendment to the 2007 Farm Bill Thursday that would have eliminated many traditional farm subsidies.

The Fairness in Farm and Food Policy Amendment, submitted by Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin, failed on a vote of 117-309.

All of Iowa's delegation in the House, consisting of Democrats and two Republicans, voted against the Kind amendment.

Democratic Presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich also voted no, but two other members of Congress seeking the Presidency approved of the measure --Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., did not vote.

Click here for the vote tally.

The House did not complete debate on the farm bill Thursday, and will reconvene on Friday morning to finish with the submitted amendments and hold a final vote.

Republicans rallied against the bill throughout Thursday's debate, accusing Democrats of attempting to pay for the bill with an unsuspected tax increase. Democrats argued that they are simply calling for the closing of a tax loophole that has allowed multi-national corporations to shelter themselves from taxes by locating their headquarters on Caribbean islands.

1 comment:

Thomas said...

We don't need the federal government meddling in farming.