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Conservative groups not satisfied with farm-only farm bill

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On Thursday, members of the House of Representatives are expected to vote on the new farm-only farm bill, which continues to draw criticism from conservative groups.

"The reason conservatives pushed for ending the unholy alliance was to create a process to achieve meaningful reforms to both programs," said Dan Holler, communications director for Heritage Action (full disclosure: former employer). "Instead, the process is being used to fast-track massive amounts of corporate welfare."

"This bill extends those programs indefinitely. Even worse, conservatives will not be able to win important arguments on entitlement spending and taxes unless they demonstrate the ability to reduce agriculture subsidies, 80 percent of which go to the most wealthy farms," Holler said.

Heritage Action, along with fellow conservative groups Club for Growth and FreedomWorks, have key-voted against the new farm bill. "[The farm bill] is still loaded down with market-distorting giveaways to special interests with no path established to remove the government's involvement in the agriculture industry," wrote Club for Growth.

Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, denounced the bill as well. "House leadership is trying to pass this bill off as a great reform and a major concession to conservatives," he said. "Instead, they are ensuring that fiscal conservatives may never be able to make any significant reforms to this terrible bill ever again."

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Ashe Schow

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