Breaking News:House rejects farm bill, 195-234

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The Hill – By Pete Kasperowicz, Erik Wasson and Russell Berman – 06/20/13

images-1In a blow to House GOP leaders, the House on Thursday rejected a five-year farm bill.

Members voted down the $940 billion bill in a 195-234 vote that only won 24 Democratic votes. Most Democrats voted against the bill because it cut food stamp programs by more than $20 billion.

Many Republicans also voted no, but for a different reason. They said it was too expensive a bill to pass when the country has $17 trillion in debt.

In the final vote, 62 Republicans opposed the bill, and with the Democratic defections, that was enough to send it to defeat.

The final tally was delayed for several minutes as GOP leaders held the vote open, while Democrats called for the vote to close.

The vote is a blow to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other Republican leaders who for two years have failed to move farm policy forward. The issue has badly divided Republicans.

Immediately after the vote, Republicans were apoplectic at what they characterized as a betrayal by Democratic leaders, who did not deliver the votes they promised.

“The Democrats walked away from this,” Boehner, who cast a rare vote in favor of the bill, told The Hill as he walked off the House floor.

He would not answer further questions as he returned to his office.

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
6 Comments
  • Barbara

    Article needs comments. Nothing about King’s amendment to void many animal welfare regs.

    June 20, 2013
    • Judy Wendt

      Great news – a bad bill, the Farm Bill without protections for animals in the factory farm and/or animal “entertainment” pipelines – went down to defeat while the senate has instituted its own version of the “Moran Amendment” so that USDA funds are not used to inspect horse slaughter facilities. This is a win for horses! Maybe, just maybe, some of our elected officials are starting to listen to us – the 80% that elected them. Steve King, only serves his corporate masters, so he is a lost cause.

      June 20, 2013
  • Janet Schultz

    I am relieved to say that my congressman, tom mcClintock voted against the Farm Bill. he is a Republican.

    June 20, 2013
  • Sue

    “Many Republicans also voted no, but for a different reason. They said it was too expensive a bill to pass when the country has $17 trillion in debt.”

    This is ridiculous. Two Repugs., Corker and Hoevel (sp?) of ND just added language to the Immigration Reform bill that would ADD a minimum of $30 BILLION (yes, that with a “B”) for “border security.” Why are they so afraid of Mexicans?

    From the years 2005 to 2010, there were added a net value of ZERO (yes, “0”) of immigrants from Mexico. Google it….

    June 20, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    I am NOT well versed in how our BiLL’S are passed I am embarrassed to say but there are so many committee’s and a bill goes here and there, WHY I am asking this is so IF they do not fix this Farm Bill, does this have anything to do with USDA funding for horse slaughter, will this affect the passage of the defunding language??? I am a bit lost right now if anyone can help…. Sorry guess I am bit laxed on our governmental process…

    I am thrilled this Farm Bill did not pass I hope some of the welfare for the animals will be heard and the KING Amendment is NOT PASSED..

    Now I have one more question if anyone can answer, WHY is it that so many Rep. do not want to help animal’s it seems that way to me anyway???

    June 21, 2013