To enable overdue reforms, Heritage experts have long urged lawmakers to split the so-called “farm bill” into its two parts: food stamps and agriculture programs.
And the new chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) now says he backs this reform.
This is a big win for conservatives. “The only way to get policy reform for either food stamps or agriculture programs is to separate the programs into two bills,” Heritage’s Daren Bakst and Rachel Sheffield explained in 2013. “If they remain combined, legislators who would otherwise seek reform will decide to stay quiet in order to maintain the status quo for their favored programs.”
How would you reform these programs?