The full House is expected to present its version of the farm bill some time this summer, which must then be reconciled with the Senate bill. Any Democratic-Republican “compromise” legislation that emerges will serve to increase hunger and food insecurity among tens of millions of Americans who continue to struggle with poverty, job loss and under-employment five years into the economic downturn._____
A bill introduced last month by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York that would have blocked any food stamp cuts received the support of only 25 of her Democratic Senate colleagues. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigan and chair of the Senate Agriculture committee, defended the $4.1 billion in SNAP cuts in the bill that eventually passed, claiming the cutback was aimed at rooting out “waste, fraud and abuse” in the food stamp program.
In reality, the Senate bill’s cutback to SNAP is largely the result of eliminating the “Heat and Eat” programs adopted by 15 states and the District of Columbia, which allow states to coordinate food and energy assistance programs, eliminating the need for SNAP households to provide burdensome monthly documentation of their shelter and utility bills.
I missed this equine obituary from April: Storm Cat, 30, once one of the leading sires in the United States, was euthanized when it was discovered he had cancer. He had lost a great deal of weight, but it was pointless to try and put him through any more pain given he was much older than the average thoroughbred horse.
He was a grandson of Secretariat through his dam Terlingua, and his sire was a Northern Dancer son, Storm Bird.
he 462 of his yearlings sold at public auction brought more than $319 million — for an average of more than $690,000. Of those, 91 yearlings brought $1 million or more, according to Overbrook._____
Storm Cat produced 110 graded stakes winners, including winners of Preakness and Belmont stakes, the Kentucky Oaks, five Breeders’ Cup races and several top European stakes, according to Equineline.com and Overbrook. The Kentucky Derby winner’s circle eluded his progeny, with Bluegrass Cat’s 2006 second-place finishing being Storm Cat’s best showing in the Churchill Downs classic. In all his offspring have earned more than $128 million.