Food Stamps Bill Is Wreaking Havoc On Long-delayed Farm Bill

Consumer prices rose 3.1 percent over a year earlier, government data showed Monday. That was up from Augusts 2.6 percent but below the Communist Partys 3.5 percent target for the year. More business news Zachary A. Goldfarb and Jim Tankersley Tens of billions of dollars in Social Security checks, food stamps and unemployment benefits are at stake. Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman Negotiations slowed to a crawl as leaders waited to see how financial markets would react Monday. Financial adviser prefers boring millionaires for clients Thomas Heath Clark Kendall of Kendall Capital looks for those who are disciplined, saving and looking 10 or 20 years ahead. More business news Persistently higher inflation could complicate efforts to keep Chinas economic recovery on track by limiting the governments ability to prop up growth with lower interest rates or stimulus spending. The countrys top economic official, Premier Li Keqiang, earlier said Beijing would try to keep economic growth above 7.5 percent for the year. Inflation remains at benign levels in the near term, said JP Morgan economist Haibin Zhu in a report. The relatively benign inflation dynamics suggest that stabilizing growth and economic reform remain the priority issues for policymakers in the near term. Companies and investors are looking to a November ruling party meeting at which leaders are expected to produce a blueprint for future economic reforms. Li and other leaders have promised changes in Chinas financial system and more opportunities for entrepreneurs but have yet to release details. The September price rise was driven by an 18.9 percent jump in the cost of fresh vegetables. Holidays, drought and floods were partly responsible for the increase. Prices of non-food products rose 1.6 percent.

Food safety hampered by shutdown

The Republican-controlled House has expressed its desire to cut the food stamps program by $39 billion over the next decade. The Democrat-controlled Senate wants to see a cut of 10 times less. Democrats argue that the Republican plan under the new bill would cut 4 million Americans out of the food stamps bill by 2014. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has led the way towards the food stamps bill cuts, while Virginia Foxx, a North Carolina Republican said on Friday, We believe by reforming food stamps we will save the program for the truly needy. House Democrats in the meantime have used the Republican-led cuts to highlight the party as cold-hearted and disconnected.. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina takes issue with working in the bill that requires food stamp applicants to take a drug test. He suggests, You ought to test all those people getting farm subsidies and see if they are deserving of federal benefits. House Republicans has suggesting splitting the farm bill in two for review in the future. Under the plan the food stamps bill portion would be reviewed every three years, while agriculture programs would be thrown into a five-year cycle. Nutrition and farm subsidies have been tied together since the 1970s. At this time Congress is a full year behind in completing a successor to the 2008 farm bill which ended one year ago and was revived in early 2013. The new farm bill was shutdown with the government stalemate that has furloughed hundreds of thousands of workers. In the meantime Tea-Party-influenced Republicans have demanded even further cuts that would reduce the program by more than $20 billion. In June Democrats voted en mass against food stamp bill cuts. That vote marked the first time that the House defeated a farm bill. Under the current farm bill farmers must practice soil conservation to qualify for premium subsidies on crop insurance.

Food Stamp Bill and Farm Bill At Odds

This week, a mother called us about her child hospitalized with a Salmonella poisoning from his day care’s chicken lunch. The child’s condition was tenuous, with a blood infection, and treatment was especially challenging as the bacteria was antibiotic resistant. The mom turned to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group, for information and help because key government’s public health agencies and websites are shut down. Does this have an impact on food safety? You betcha! Regardless of whether this illness is related to the outbreak linked to Foster Farms chickens , it illustrates that each case of illness is important to track, and protecting our families from unsafe food should be considered an essential function of government. When the shutdown began, the Food and Drug Administration announced it would have to halt most of its food safety activities, including routine inspections of food manufacturers and monitoring of imports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shuttered some of its key activities, including outbreak detection and infectious-disease surveillance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture kept its meat, poultry and egg inspectors on the job, but furloughed more than 1,200 other food safety workers.