San Francisco Chronicle – The Senate voted into late Tuesday, with almost no debate allowed, on several of 73 amendments to the nearly $1 trillion farm bill that sets national policy on nutrition and the environment on 40 percent of the U.S. land mass. About 80 percent of the money goes to food stamps.
Here are highlights: (Or lowlights which begs the question how can one women be so consistently wrong? The 89-year-old senator is in desperate need of a retirement party. Elizabeth Emken is planning one for her as we speak. Certainly more qualified than the tired Mrs. Feinstein.
Before becoming active with the autism issue, Elizabeth served in management, financial analysis, and corporate operations at IBM. As an efficiency and cost cutting expert, Elizabeth utilized activity-based cost analyses to identify administrative savings across IBM U.S. – helping streamline operations, eliminate waste, and save the company millions of dollars.
Elizabeth graduated from UCLA in 1984 with degrees in Economics and Political Science. Her studies included course work at Cambridge University, where she focused on political and economic issues in China and the Middle East.
—Approved, 75 -24, an amendment by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, to limit some commodities subsidies, not including crop insurance, to $75,000 per farmer, or $150,000 per married couple. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, both California Democrats voted for it. (Just another way of playing class warfare)
—Approved on voice vote a Feinstein amendment to preserve a $37.5 million program used by farmers in the heavily air polluted Central Valley to switch out old diesel tractor engines for cleaner, more efficient engines. Feinstein said the program has so far removed the equivalent of 408,000 cars from the roads. (This is particularly special in that Dianne Quixote de Norte Kalifornia is one of the few people who believes in CO2 induced climate change.)
—Approved, 76-23, a Feinstein amendment to study whether to provide crop insurance for farmers damaged, through no fault of their own, by food safety recalls. (See bottom link please)
—Approved, 55-44, an amendment by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, to restore a program to help minority and beginning farmers. California has a high concentration of eligible immigrant farmers, including Latinos and Hmong in the Central Valley and African farmers near San Diego. Boxer and Feinstein both were in support. (But of course they voted to blow our tax payer jobs on this boondoggle, apparently the tax and spend sisters believe we are at full employment?
Feinstein should have gone with guns as the cause, why not she believe guns kill people right?
—Feinstein is backing a pending amendment that would increase crop insurance payouts to organic farmers. Currently organic farmers pay five percent more for insurance, reflecting their higher crop risk, but are compensated for losses based on prices for conventional crops, which can be considerably lower. Not one to be troubled by science Feinstein is apparently unaware that organically grown food is no more healthy than conventionally grown food.