Daily Archives: July 12, 2013

Huelskamp can’t say ‘yes,’ even to a farm bill

After refusing to vote for the previous farm bill last month because it locked in a “massive expansion of the food-stamp program,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, also voted against the agriculture-only farm bill that passed the House Thursday. The Washington Post’s Fix blog counted Huelskamp among the “No! Caucus” in the House – which is the only possible explanation for why a farmer who represents Kansas’ 1st Congressional District, which receives the second-highest per capita share of farm subsidies of any district in the nation, would vote “no” on a farm bill. It’s no wonder he was kicked off the House Agriculture Committee.

GOP base supports comprehensive immigration reform

A new survey by the Republican polling firm Basswood Research found that 70 percent of GOP primary voters support immigration reform that increases border security, requires employers to verify the legal status of job seekers, and establishes a pathway to U.S. citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the country – key provisions of the Senate-passed immigration reform bill. The support for comprehensive reform existed in every region of the country and among tea party voters and social conservatives. “Contrary to some perceptions,” the survey concluded, “it is clear that Republican members of Congress who support comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship, do not run afoul of the majority opinion of their primary voters.”