Just in from National Farmers Union

WASHINGTON (Jan. 28, 2014) – The National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson, under direction from the NFU Board of Directors, sent a letter today to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House John Boehner calling for the 2014 Farm Bill to be called up and voted on this week. “Farm bill [...]

Action Alert: Senate Votes Today on Farm Bill

Heads up from New England Farmers Union! The Senate will begin voting today on a list of amendments to the farm bill. There are some very good things in this bill for New England and at least two amendments that would make it even better. Please call your Senators TODAY and ask them to support [...]

Farm and Food Bill on the Senate Floor

The Senate began consideration of a farm and food bill yesterday. The biggest issues on the threshing floor of the Senate is separating wheat from chaff between Northern and Southern farmers over safety net programs and the question of costs for the federal food stamp program, which makes up about 80 percent of the $100 [...]

Update on Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act

It’s growing season again – time to go out in search of farm markets and farm stands to purchase yummy local ingredients for your table. Besides treating your tasebuds to the freshest best tasting foods, supporting local farms and farmers keeps your food dollars in your community. And that is exactly what the Local Farms, [...]

Senate Dems and Planned Parenthood — 2012 Scenarios

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson [See end of post for an update.] In return for getting the Republicans to drop their demand that Planned Parenthood’s funding be set to zero, President Obama (and, presumably, Majority Leader Harry Reid) agreed to let the matter come up for a vote in the Senate, the House having already decided [...]

The Senate’s Symbolic Gift

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson It’s barely likely that any American who’s been paying attention to events surrounding this business in Libya is surprised at the scope creep that is taking place before our eyes. (“Scope creep” describes how a task you’ve agreed to do grows larger once you’re shaken hands and pocketed the check.) First [...]

Senate Rules Still Pending

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson As expected, a group of Democratic Senators has introduced amendments to the Senate rules that would, if adopted, put an end to the power of a single senator to delay or outright block a vote on a Presidential nomination or proposed legislation. More proposals, and modifications of the proposals set out [...]

New Session, New Rules — Part 2

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson  On Wednesday, when the Senate convenes for its first session of the 112th Congress, Democrats intend to modify two rules that have allowed a small minority to virtually paralyze the chamber for the past two years. The two rules are not new; what’s new is the attitude of the Republican caucus. [...]

This is What a Socialist Sounds Like

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Most people are smart enough to resist the attempt of the radical right, and the Republican politicians who are courting them, to replace their brain cells with string cheese by clamoring for Barack Obama to come up with a valid birth certificate. But even some of these folks look askance at [...]

UPDATE: Bernie Filibusters Obama Tax Cut “Compromise”

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is filibustering the Obama tax cut “compromise.” No idea how long this will last, but at 2 p.m. ET Friday it’s on C-SPAN This is a real live filibuster, not a Repug-style threat. Bernie’s saying stuff, not just posturing. Watch for a few minutes. It may lift [...]