The Washington Post

‘This isn’t your father’s farm bill’

(Sean Stipp/AP)

The farm bill was once regarded as one of the main legislative vehicles by which members of Congress could deliver pork-barrel spending to their constituents.

It was always a bloated, contentious piece of legislation that grew larger and more expensive as it lumbered through Congress.

But the farm bill that the Senate will began debating Thursday is a considerably slimmed-down version of previous incarnations. It would slash tens of billions of dollars in direct subsidies to farmers and in the federal food stamp program.

For more on the bill — and the expected debate — click here.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.


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