Not Sure We Can Top Yesterday’s News – Open Item
If you haven’t heard already, a number of members of the Indiana Republican Committee announced their resignations yesterday. Rob Burgess put together an excellent overview piece that is worth your time if you haven’t seen it yet. Later today we’ll be publishing a more comprehensive analysis of what these changes mean and where they could take the party.
This week we’ve also been following the saga of Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-Howe), who filed amendments to separate the food stamp portions of the Farm Bill out from the agricultural portions of the farm bill. In spite of his testimony and some publicity via the Wall Street Journal, the House Rules Committee did not make rule his amendments in order for the debate. Yesterday the Club for Growth lauded Rep. Stutzman for his stand on principle, while Doug Mason took me to task for not classifying farm subsidies as “entitlement programs.” The House Majority Leader’s office expects they will complete consideration of the Farm Bill today.
In other state-related news, Senate Majority Leader David Long (R-Fort Wayne) made his appointments to summer study committees over the weekend. Inside Indiana Business has a links to both the appointments as well as the list of the study committees and their scope of work. Some of these committees will generate a fair amount of interest.
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