U.S. House Rejects $500 Billion Farm Bill

Source: Christopher Doering / Gannett Washington Bureau / USA Today

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House failed to pass a sweeping five-year farm bill with sharp cuts to food stamps, a surprising development that sets the stage for an uphill fight in Congress to craft a new law.

The Republican-led House soundly rejected a $500 billion measure by a vote of 195-234, failing to muster enough support from conservative Republicans concerned about costs and Democrats and concerned about deep cuts to the country’s popular food stamp program.

Top leaders on both sides of the aisle quickly fell to finger-pointing: Republicans claimed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi failed to deliver the Democratic votes she promised, while Democrats pinned the blame on the GOP for its inability to bring enough support from the more than 60 members within their own party who opposed the bill.

“We clearly have a profound disagreement. Don’t blame Democrats for the loss today,” said House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland. “The reason the bill lost today is because 62 of your members rejected” a call to support the legislation.

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