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    Congress Has Earned Its Reputation

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on December 31, 2013

    A Gallup poll was released in early December that asked Americans to rank professions they believe are the most honest and trustworthy. The top profession was nurses with 85% saying they are very honest – 15% above doctors who scored 70%. Not surprisingly at the bottom of the list were members of Congress with 10%. Even bankers, journalists (yes, journalists), business executives, lawyers, stock brokers, and advertisers all ranked higher than members of Congress. The only profession…

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    Optimism Grows For A 2013 Farm Bill

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on May 20, 2013

    As farmers worked hard to plant corn the middle of May, Congress was able to show some significant progress on the 2013 Farm Bill. On May 14, the Senate Agriculture Committee approved a five-year Farm Bill. The bill would eliminate $5 billion in direct farm payments to farmers. The Senate bill calls for a total of roughly $2.4 billion a year in cuts, while a House version passed May 15 would save $4 billion annually. The Senate Farm Bill: •Eliminates direct payments. Farmers…

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