U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) is crowing about the Farm Bill. He’s on the conference committee which has finished the latest version. A big feature is the emphases of crop insurance over direct payment. “Crop insurance is a cost-shift program,” Davis says. “Farmers have skin in the game. Farmers are taking a hit in getting rid of direct payments, which makes up most of the $23 billion in savings.”
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The food stamp program, now called SNAP, includes a welfare-to-work component, which Davis says is important and which the Obama administration has failed to enforce in other iterations. It's a pilot program for 10 states, though Davis says it’s unlikely Illinois will be one of the 10. “That actually would include having to come up with a work requirement,” says Davis, “and I don't think (Gov.) Pat Quinn has got the cojones to want to make the application.” Davis says he is optimistic the bill will pass the House.