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Congressman Ron Kind says Farm Bill fails to achieve goals, reforms

Rep Ron Kind (D-W)  properly sized
Rep Ron Kind (D-W) properly sized

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WRN/WSAU) -- The farm bill scheduled for a vote in the U-S House Wednesday is being called a missed opportunity by one Wisconsin lawmaker. Wisconsin’s 3rd District Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) says the proposal falls short of the real and substantial reforms he had hoped to see included. “There’s going to be a major shifting of so-called direct payments into other subsidy programs. They are establishing record high target prices for commodity crops, so even a slight dip in prices will mean huge taxpayer subsidies going out the door. They don’t address the Multiple Entity Rule, meaning that there could be multiple farm managers working the same farm and qualifying for the same subsidies.”

Kind says the bill ignores real abuses, like subsidies going to billionaires, while cutting about eight-billion-dollars from the food stamp program over the next decade. “They’re going after low-income children and individuals with disabilities with cuts to the food stamp program, making it harder for them to get the nutrition that they need.”

The Wisconsin Democrat says he would rather see the bill delayed to make sure Congress gets it right. Kind says the current bill falls short of making the reforms that are needed to help keep small and mid-sized family farmers in business.

Lawmakers are expected to act quickly on the new five-year farm bill, after a compromise was announced on Monday. The U-S House could vote on a new five-year farm bill late Wednesday.