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The Farm Bill: Real Reform or Political Bait and Switch?

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Image-for-WWLA.jpgEvery few years, Congress takes up the massive Farm Bill, with members of both parties loading it up with pork barrel spending. The latest version — totaling almost a trillion dollars -- passed the Senate today on a vote of 62 to 36. It now goes to the House.  Earlier this week, Senate Democrats defeated Republican amendments for cuts in food stamps.  We hear why it's important and what its chances might be.

Credits

Guests:
Alan Bjerga - Bloomberg News - @AlanBjerga, Joe Boddiford - peanut farmer, Ed O'Keefe - Washington Post - @edatpost, Bruce Babcock - Iowa State University, Mary Kay Thatcher - American Farm Bureau Federation

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Sonya Geis, Anna Scott