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“We have, under good legal precedent, going back to a case I understand in 1892 where something like this happened before, it is totally constitutional,” he said.
About two-thirds of the law would pay for nutrition programs such as food stamps, which would see increases of around $1 billion a year. About $40 billion is for farm subsidies and almost $30 billion would go to farmers to idle their land and for other environmental programs.
The farm bill also would:
_ Increase subsidies for some crops and for the first time subsidize growers of fresh fruits and vegetables.
_ Extend and expand dairy programs.
_ Increase loan rates for sugar producers.
_ Expand a program to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to schoolchildren.
_ Cut a per-gallon ethanol tax credit for refiners from 51 cents to 45 cents. The credit supports the blending of fuel with the corn-based additive. More money would go to cellulosic ethanol, made from plant matter.
_ Require that meats and other fresh foods carry labels with their country of origin
Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
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