Obama Signs Farm Bill that Trims Food Stamps

Jewel Samad, AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Obama spoke at Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich., before signing the bipartisan farm bill into law.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country, while trimming the food stamp program that inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.

As he penned his name on the five year measure at Michigan State University, Obama said the wide-ranging bill "multitasks" by helping boost jobs, innovation, research and conservation. "It's like a Swiss Army knife," he joked.

But not everyone is happy with the legislation and Obama acknowledged its passage was "a very challenging piece of business."

The bill expands federal crop insurance and ends direct government payments that go to farmers whether they produce anything or not. But the bulk of its nearly $100 billion per year cost is for the food stamp program that aids 1 in 7 Americans.

The bill finally passed with support from Democratic and Republican lawmakers from farming states, but the bipartisan spirit didn't extend to the signing ceremony where Obama was flanked by farm equipment,
hay bales and Democratic lawmakers. White House press secretary Jay Carney said several Republicans were invited, but all declined to attend.

Conservatives remain unhappy with the bill and its generous new subsidies for interests ranging from Southern peanut growers and Midwest corn farmers to the Northeast maple syrup industry.

They also wanted much larger cuts to food stamps than the $800 million Congress finally approved in a compromise. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters he didn't expect the cut of about 1 percent of the food stamp budget to have a significant impact on recipients.

Obama promised in his State of the Union address last week to make 2014 a year of action, using his presidential powers in addition to pushing a Congress that usually is reluctant to go along with his ideas. In that spirit, he's coupling the signing of the farm bill with a new administration initiative called "Made in Rural America" to connect rural businesses with federal resources that can help sell their products and services abroad.

Obama's trip was a reward for Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., who as chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee helped broker the hard-fought farm bill compromise after years of setbacks. Michigan State, a leading agricultural research school, is Stabenow's alma mater.

Obama also squeezed into his three-hour visit to Michigan a lunch with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. Duggan took office last month as the city is going through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

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Somehole's a dope.

February 08 2014 at 8:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Somehole just can't stop posting about his mother getting a job. It's Somehole who needs to get a job and stop riding the welfare gravy train.

February 08 2014 at 8:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Civility trumps trash talk any day and has more potential to be read and heard...Wondering if your private life has any joy in it?


Civility and liberals should never be mentioned in the same sentence.Most liberals like yourself are the most, vile, uncivilized, uncompassionate and intolerant group of people on the planet.

February 08 2014 at 4:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

skcarcomed_0,....the folks at the clinic tell me they call you crispy critter because you hold the record for having the most electroshock therapy treatments.


So you've been going to the clinic too. LMMFAO You are such a simpleton. LOL LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

February 08 2014 at 10:48 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Civility trumps trash talk any day and has more potential to be read and heard...Wondering if your private life has any joy in it?

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Another one of your snide, petty, unproductive comments as you yourself call them I see Chrissy.

February 08 2014 at 3:57 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down

No wonder the Repukeicans lost big time in 2008 it was the collapse of our economy that did them in.

skcarcomed_0,......is a factless far right nut job who loves his government cheese logs. hows the electroshock therapy going paranoid Repukemite or crispy critter ?

You mean the Pelosi and Reid economic collapse in 2008. Oh ok. The only reason why Dempocrats won in 2008 is due to all the lies Obama told. So when the American people started seeing through those lies that's why Democrats suffered HISTORIC loses in 2010.

But getting back to you. How many vending machines did you fix this week or were you too busy smoking up your welfare check?

February 08 2014 at 10:46 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Makes sense to cut back on food stamps when the unemployment rate is dropping.

skcarcomed_0,..looks like your going to finally get a job now that Obama is cutting your food stamps. How is the electroshock therapy going ? I here a lot of Repukemites go for electroshock therapy treatments to control their paranoia about losing another election.LMFAO!!!!!!!!!


The unemployment rate is dropping? Only because people have given up looking for jobs you simple minded Obamite. I have a job you leach. It's people like me who work to fund all your welfare benefits so you can sit on your behind all day posting your stupidity, while you wait for your next welfare check to come in. Anyway how many vending machines did you fix this week. Like Obama you have no credibility

February 08 2014 at 10:42 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Obama lives like royalty and with a stroke of a pen takes food out of the mouths of the poor.

February 08 2014 at 9:14 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

what crickets now........

February 07 2014 at 8:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When Bush left office in 2008, the number of poor Americans had jumped to 39.8 million (the largest number in absolute terms since 1960.) Under Bush, the number of people in poverty increased by over 8.2 million, or 26.1 per cent. Over two-thirds of that increase occurred before the economic collapse of 2008.


The Pelosi and Reid economic collapse of 2008 and now more people live in poverty under Obama. And then Obama signs a bill cutting food stamps to the poor, while he and Michelle take MILLION dollar vacations and eat only the finest food compliments of the taxpayers.

Your Bush derangement syndrome is getting out of control again. Anyway so has Aramark put you on their work schedule yet?

February 07 2014 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

offsets only keep us spinning our wheels in the ditch, going no where but deeper in the ditch.

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