Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (a.k.a. the "Farm Bill.")
The legislation passed without Cartwright's support.
The Farm Bill is always problematic. The one passed by the Democrat-controlled Senate, even more so. For starters, it was 61% more costly to taxpayers. The 2008 farm bill spent $604 billion, the Senate bill spent $955 billion.
With our nation running an annual trillion dollar deficit...we just aren't in a position to spend money that kind of money.
Despite the moniker, the senate bill didn't really have a lot to do with farming. 80% of the money spent in the bill was on food stamps, continuing the Obama tradition of massive welfare spending. And, with 80% of the spending being on food stamps, its a bit disingenuous calling a bill like that a "Farm Bill."
The House sought to split the legislation into two bills - a true farm bill that dealt with agriculture alone and another bill that contains just welfare spending.
The bill containing just farming provisions is the bill Cartwright voted against, denying the largest industry in Pennsylvania - agriculture - the certainty it deserves.