“I can’t vote my principles; I’m in leadership.”
Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul was once told that by a “conservative” member of Congress when Dr. Paul asked the member why, if he shared Dr. Paul’s limited government principles, he rarely voted with Dr. Paul. This anecdote came to my mind this morning when I read that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor “scolded” GOP Committee chairmen who voted against the Farm Bill. Cantor also threatened not to allow floor votes on legislation favored by the “rebellious” chairmen.
The House GOP leadership is scrambling to get votes for a new version of the Farm Bill that would not contain the provisions reauthorizing food stamps; instead, it would just renew taxpayer subsidies for well-to-do farmers.
The bill may come up as early as tomorrow under a closed rule ,which would deny members the opportunity to offer amendments. Campaign for Liberty opposes renewing the farm programs and certainly opposes any process that does not allow representatives to offer amendments to the bill.