The House farm bill was defeated by a vote of 195-234 today as Supplemental Nutrition Program Cuts (SNAP) proved to be to be the Achilles' heel for the House farm bill. Many Democratic members saw the legislation's $20.5 billion in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) funding as too extreme, especially when compared to the roughly $4 billion in cuts of the Senate version. In contrast, some GOP lawmakers viewed the cuts as too few. Sixty-two Republicans joined 172 Democratic lawmakers in voting against the bill. Six lawmakers did not vote.
The Senate cleared its farm bill earlier this month. The next steps are unclear at the moment. Congressional "leaders" have previously warned that failure to pass a farm bill could mean another extension is ahead.
National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives failing to pass the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (2013 farm bill):
"The National Corn Growers Association is extremely disappointed to see the House of Representatives fail to pass the 2013 farm bill. Up to the last minute our organization has actively and consistently called for passage of the legislation. We will be engaged in all efforts needed to secure passage in the House and bring the bill to Conference."
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