By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net
In what has traditionally been a pretty straightforward process, passing farm legislation out of the U.S. House of Representatives has been anything but status quo during recent attempts. The latest farm bill, very similarly to the one introduced on the House floor in 2013, was defeated by a 198 to 213 vote May 18.
Typically when a bill is brought to the floor, it is with the expectation that there will be enough votes to pass it. That was the case as amendments were being hashed out days before the final vote — until some members of Congress decided to use their “Yea” vote on the farm bill as leverage to get the immigration bill to the floor sooner rather than later.
With non-existent support from the Democrats on this legislation due to changes to the food stamp program (otherwise known at the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) the passage of this farm bill relies heavily on Republicans, but 27 of them decided to vote against it.… Continue readingRead More »