“If the Washington establishment is from Mars, the Republican caucus in the House is from Venus,” wrote the Wall Street Journal’s Gerald F. Seib, on how first- and second-term House Republicans such as Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, are happily defying conventional wisdom. Asked how his recent vote against the farm bill is playing in Kansas’ “Big First,” which receives the second highest per capita share of farm subsidies of any district in the nation, the congressman-farmer said: “I haven’t really had much push-back. What I’m hearing from home is, ‘What we expect you to do, Tim, is we expect you to get Congress out of the rut we’ve been in.’” Huelskamp dislikes that nearly 80 percent of the bill’s funding goes to food stamps.
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