Republicans May Have Overlooked a Golden Opportunity With the Farm Bill Vote

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July 12 2013 8:33 AM

Opening Act: Maybe Just Let the Poor People Collect Farm Subsidies?

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Daren Bakst explains why, from a conservative perspective, the "split farm bill" was a wasted opportunity.

The process House Republicans used to get this 600-plus-page bill to the floor in a mere 10 hours essentially violates their own promise to conduct business in an open and transparent manner. They prohibited legislators from introducing amendments. And, they played a game of bait and switch by claiming this bill was the same text from the failed House farm bill of a few weeks ago.

This, about the farm bill, is probably the ne plus ultra of winner/loser analysis.

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Correction, July 12, 2013: This post originally misspelled Daren Bakst's first name.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics



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