Baylen Linnekin on Why the Farm Bill's Future Suddenly Appears Bleak


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Earlier this month, it appeared that Congress was on the verge of passing a disastrous new five-year Farm Bill. But as Baylen Linnekin reports, even after intense lobbying from 100 powerful special interest groups and an easy trip through the Senate, the Farm Bill hit the ropes last week in the House and absorbed a surprising though well-deserved beating, with 62 Republicans joining more than 170 Democrats to defeat the measure. The bi-partisan lure of congressional pork finally lost. How long will it last?