Posted: Jun 20, 2013 8:44 PM by MTN News
WASHINGTON, DC - The latest version of the five-year farm bill was defeated in the U.S. House, with the $940 billion measure falling in a 195-234 vote on Thursday.
Many Democrats voted against the bill because it cut food stamp programs while the Republicans who voted no, said the measure was too expensive for a country $17 trillion in debt.
Some lawmakers are blaming two amendments for the failure. One ended production limits on dairy producers, while a second allowed states to require food stamp beneficiaries to either work or look for work.
The vote is a blow to House Republican leaders who have failed for two years to move farm policy forward. Montana Congressman Steve Daines sharply criticized Thursday's vote.
"And it's unacceptable that Congress continues to stand in the way of providing our Ag producers and rural communities with a long-term solution. Today is a prime example of what is wrong with Washington - putting politics ahead of people," the Republican said.
Rural America is still using the 2008 farm bill, which was retroactively extended in the New Year's fiscal cliff deal. That measure expires on Sept. 30.