The GOP’s ‘Amateur Hour’: House Votes Down the Farm Bill
The political process proved itself unpredictable once again today when the Republican-led House unexpectedly voted down its $940 billion version of the 2013 Farm Bill.
With its $20 billion cut to food assistance and expanded $9 billion crop insurance program—which critics on the left and right said could, over time, amount to a $1 trillion handout to corporate agriculture—and President Obama's veto pen looming, the bill wasn’t without its controversies. But the Republican leadership expected it to pass.
Instead, 62 Republicans joined 172 Democrats to help kill the bill, which was defeated 195 to 234. Strong opposition from Democrats over the dramatic cuts to SNAP and other nutrition programs was expected. The revolt by fiscally conservative Republicans? Not so much.