With the debate over the proposed Farm Bill heating up, The Heritage Foundation’s Daren Bakst and Diane Katz ask and answer 10 questions about the wayward bill.
1. What Is the Farm Bill?
The “farm bill” is a deceiving name name for this recurring piece of legislation. It is really just a food stamp bill mixed with numerous agriculture subsidies. Bakst and Katz note that “the vast majority of spending—about 80 percent in the 2008 bill—is dedicated to food stamps and other nutrition programs.” This isn’t really a farm bill — it’s a welfare bill.