House Farm Bill Fails

Posted on 05/18/2018 11:33 AM

Thirty Republicans joined all Democrats to defeat the House farm bill by a vote of 198-213. GOP leadership was unable to convince Freedom Caucus members to vote in favor of the Farm Bill. The arch conservative group had been using their yes votes as leverage to force a vote on House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va.) immigration bill. Following the bill’s defeat, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) moved to reconsider the measure in its current form. But when that re-vote will occur is uncertain.

Democrats united to oppose the measure over its reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), including new work requirements, though some speculated their opposition had a heavy political tinge with midterm elections coming in November.

Déjà vu? The initial House farm bill effort also failed last time around, again largely due to discord over cuts to SNAP. The chamber eventually split the food and nutrition title from the rest of the farm bill and cleared the measures separately. The two versions were later combined in conference with the Senate.   

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