Advocacy does make a difference.
From the Episcopal Public Policy Network
The Farm Bill: Right now versions of the Farm Bill have passed both the House and the Senate. Neither is all that we would have hoped. Now, a conference committee is working to hammer out the differences to come up with a final bill for passage. President Bush has promised to veto both chambers’ version of the bill, in part because neither makes changes to the unfair commodity-payment system as urged by Episcopalians and other advocates. This veto threat gives important leverage to reform proponents.
I will certainly be happy when our legislators stop electioneering and jockeying for position with the candidates - and get back to addressing issues.