The House Agriculture Committee met Wednesday for a contentious debate on the size of the food stamp program while generally signing off on the size and scope of commodity programs for farmers.
Minnesota's sugar beet farmers were among those who scored a victory on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
While this fall's elections are expected to dominate the Congressional agenda, some lawmakers still hope to pass a farm bill to reauthorize agriculture and food stamp programs. But this may be a make or break week for those efforts.
This week, Congress will again turn its attention to the farm bill. The Senate passed its version of the bill last month.
This time, it's the House Agriculture Committee that will begin considering a different draft of the bill that covers farm subsidies and nutrition programs for the poor.
Reporter Brett Neely discussed the key issues in the debate with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi.
The U.S. House is set to take up legislation that would rein in eligibility for food stamps and make major changes to the way the government subsidizes farmers.
A federal disaster declaration has been issued for 13 Minnesota counties and three tribal nations after preliminary assessments showed recent floods and storms caused more than $108 million in damage.
The House Agriculture Committee is unveiling its approach to a long-term farm and food bill that would reduce spending by some $3.5 billion a year, almost half of that coming from cuts in the federal food stamp program.
Preparing for the possibility that the Supreme Court could strike down a provision that requires all Americans to buy health insurance.
The Senate today completed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that cuts farm subsidies and land conservation spending by about $2 billion a year but largely protects sugar growers and some 46 million food stamp beneficiaries.
The U.S. House has approved a $28-million settlement with Minnesota's Chippewa tribe.
On paper, Minnesota's First Congressional District appears to be ripe territory for Republicans. But DFL Congressman Tim Walz stands a good chance of winning a fourth term, balancing a relatively liberal voting record in a somewhat conservative rural southern Minnesota district.
The U.S. Senate narrowly beat back an attempt to end government support for the sugar industry by a 50 to 46 vote on Wednesday.
Minnesota representatives react to today's passing in the U.S. House of a bill that repeals a new tax on medical devices.
The debate over the farm bill begins as farmers are flush with money due to high crop prices and as talk of fiscal austerity has taken over Washington. The bipartisan bill spends nearly a trillion dollars over the next 10 years but phases out direct payments to farmers and expands federally backed crop insurance.
The legislation put forward by Rep. Erik Paulsen would overturn a tax on medical devices that was part of the 2010 health care overhaul.