Not all response to the farm bill defeat has expressed disappointment. Heritage Action for America said passage of the bill would have rewarded “the unholy alliance that has long dominated America’s agriculture and nutrition policy.” Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham said:“Today is a victory for the taxpayer and the free market. Now is the time for the House to recognize what so many others have: The unholy alliance…must end.”

The National Taxpayers Union likened the farm bill proposal to Soviet-style farm programs and applauded the defeat as a victory “for the nation’s taxpayers.  

“The saying goes: you reap what you sow – and opportunistic politicians found out the hard way that the massively expensive, subsidy-stuffed, farm bill was not a viable crop,” said NTU Federal Affairs Manager Nan Swift. “Taxpayers, as well as fans of open, accountable government, will be glad to see this command-and-control boondoggle wilt.”

An NTU statement said: “In addition to opposing the basic premise of the Soviet-style farm bill, NTU backed reform efforts to split the food stamp and farm management portions of the legislation, delete wasteful programs like the Sheep Industry Improvement Center (taxpayer loans for sheep farming), and reduce and means-test crop insurance windfalls.”