THE HILL: Congress should keep its promises to taxpayers in the next farm bill

The Hill: Written by Leslie Page. December 19, 2017. 

Taxpayers are quite familiar with broken promises in the nation’s capital. Every so often, an opportunity arises for a course correction in an area of federal spending that will provide savings and change longstanding, outdated programs.

One such chance will arise in the near future. The farm bill, which is reauthorized approximately every five years, funds everything from school lunches to agricultural commodities. It is scheduled to be renegotiated in 2018. Three of the most critical policies in need of reform are the anachronous sugar program, double dipping in crop insurance programs, and reforming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program, which comprised 80 percent of the total cost of the last farm bill.

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