US House Rejects Farm Bill 21 Jun 13

The US House has rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2-billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them. The vote was 23-195 against the bill. 62 Republicans voted no, while 24 Democrats voted in favor of the bill. Southern Minnesota Congressman Tm Walz did vote in favor of the Farm Bill. Members of both parties had signaled opposition to the food stamp cuts in the bill. Many Republicans say the cuts are not enough; the food stamp program has doubled in cost over the last 5 years to almost $80-billion a year, and now helps to feed 1 in 7 Americans. Liberals oppose any reductions in food stamps, contending that the House plan could remove as many as 2-million needy recipients from the rolls.