Farm Bill fails in House of Representatives

Earlier this year members of the House Agriculture Committee unveiled their version of the farm bill which was voted down May 18

Speaker Paul Ryan called for reconsideration of the bill immediately after the vote on Friday.

Any successful House bill would have to be reconciled with a Senate plan, which has yet to be drafted. The farm bill, which failed on the House floor Friday, will get a second vote June 22 after a vote on a conservative immigration bill earlier that week, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said Monday.

Despite those talks moving forward, Denham said he has enough Republicans prepared to sign the discharge petition to get to 218 signatures needed to force a vote on the queen of the hill rule. Given the soft ag economy, many producers are facing problems and are looking to the new Farm Bill for help. That way, the House Republicans with urban constituencies can avoid being tarred with a vote to reduce the scope of food stamps.

The bill, H.R. 2, had already survived an attempt to revamp a sugar program opposed by fiscal conservatives.

The bill also repealed "categorical eligibility" provisions, which automatically qualify people for SNAP benefits when they participate in other federal or state programs.

The bill's failure will affect by farmers anxious about declining profits who have already been disappointed by the Republican Congress and administration, said Representative Jodey Arrington, elected in 2016 to represent a swath of West Texas including Lubbock and Abilene. "Instead, they can just vote for an extension through, say, March 31 of next year". The two political parties often split on issues, but farm policy needn't be one of them. It's certainly true that rural America needs help, that farmers need a farm bill to provide them some degree of security as the current package expires in a few short months.

Further, if the Republican-majority House stumbles over what ought to be a routine matters such as the farm bill, Democrats will be handed yet another issue in November's midterm elections. The Conservation Title itself faced proposed cuts, even as more farmers are interested in enrolling in programs that would boost soil health, decrease water pollution and expand wildlife habitat.

Palestinians ask ICC to probe alleged Israeli human rights crimes
While the ICC can indict suspects, it has no police force and has to rely on member states to enforce arrest warrants. This upgraded status has allowed the Palestinians to join dozens of global institutions, including the ICC.

There are plenty of lessons to be learned from this debacle, although too many members of Congress unfortunately indicate little interest in restoring the legislative process to health by adopting constructive habits and embracing the need for compromise. Nine moderates, including the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, also voted against it along with a handful of unaligned Republicans. If 25 Republicans and 193 Democrats sign the petition, the bipartisan coalition can force a House vote on amnesty legislation.

"It was all about timing and leverage".

Republican moderates were fighting their own battle maneuvering in the opposite direction dismissing the appeals of their leaders as the surged ahead propelling votes on legislation to preserve from deportation young migrants brought into the country as illegal children.

Ultimately, the bill failed because the flying monkeys of the Freedom Caucus took wing against it.

The Freedom Caucus had withheld its support of the farm bill all week as a point of leverage over immigration, as Republicans sign a discharge petition for a vote on a slate of immigration proposals with the intention of passing a proposal that nearly all Democrats would support.

Rep. Tom Reed, New York Republican, likened the conservatives' farm bill-immigration standoff to hostage negotiations. "I personally was unhappy about it".

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Indian archbishop urges Catholics to pray for democracy
He included a prayer to be read during Masses that asked "May the ethos of true democracy envelope our elections with dignity". Along with the letter was a special "prayer for our nation" regarding the protection of the values of the Constitution.

Students lay flowers at Santa Fe memorial as witnesses recall massacre
It was only "after a four- to five-hour delay" that officials from study overseas program confirmed the devastating news. All of us at the US Mission in Pakistan are devastated by and mourn her loss. "She was literally like a daughter to us".

Sheriff reveals the moment officers confronted Santa Fe High School gunman
The suspect, a 17-year-old student, is in custody and faces multiple murder charges. Ten people were also injured in the attack, said Texas Governor Greg Abbott .

New Jungle Book Movie Mowgli Gets Its First Trailer
We're not going to come to a satisfactory resolution to this issue in a post about the film's trailer, so let's move on. Warner Bros dropped the first trailer of Mowgli , based on the character from Jungle Book , and Twitter went insane .

Substitute teacher with 'lust for life' among Texas school shooting victims
He said his son had told him he had acted on his own, and had spared "the kids who were the good kids so they can tell his story". The other students killed were Christian Garcia (15), Shana Fisher (16), Christopher Stone (17) and Kim Vaughan.

F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation
He reiterated that Israel has ramped up attacks on Syrian territory in response to the alleged build-up of Iranian forces there. The Israeli military also frequently bombs the Gaza Strip, with civilians being the main target of such attacks.

Kumaraswamy to be sworn in Wednesday, Rahul to attend
Keeping this in mind, our seniors took a decision to support the JD-S. "We may see hard times ahead". K C Venugopal, AICC in-charge of Karnataka, was also present at the meeting.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: Sports gambling should be governed by federal law
An ability for the leagues to "protect our content and intellectual property from those who attempt to steal or misuse it". The NFL , according to ESPN's Don Van Natta , wants the sports books to pay for the rights to statistical data and video.

Samsung launches Galaxy S Light Luxury smartphone
Galaxy J6, J8, A6 and A6+ sport best in class cameras that allow consumers to take handsome shots or selfies anytime, anywhere. Galaxy J6 will also be available on Flipkart while the Galaxy A6 and A6+ will also be available on Amazon starting May 22.

Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury launches in China
Those who buy the Galaxy A6 + and A6 through ICICI Bank credit cards or Paytm will get an additional cashback of Rs 3,000. Galaxy J8, Galaxy J6 (4/64GB) and J6 (3/32GB) variants are priced at Rs 18,990, Rs 16,490 and Rs 13,990 respectively.

Cougar Attack Leaves One Dead in WA
The King County Sheriff's Office tweeted at about 4 p.m. local time that officials had tracked the cougar and it had been killed. However, there have been more cougar attacks over the past 20 years than in the last 80, according to wildlife officials.

Funerals begin for Texas high school shooting victims
The suspected shooter, identified by law enforcement as student Dimitrios Pagourtzis , 17, has been charged with capital murder. Meanwhile, students around the country used a hashtag to respond to the Santa Fe High shooting and to advocate for gun control.

White House: Justice Department to investigate FBI's Russian Federation probe
The president's campaign sent out a fundraising plea to supporters shortly before the White House meeting. This claim is completely unsupported by the facts as we know them.

Cuba plane crash: Island starts two days of national mourning
Past year a Cuban military plane crashed into a hillside in the western province of Artemisa, killing eight soldiers. Global Air had the necessary permits to lease it, and had passed inspections in November previous year , it said.

'American Idol' Crowns Season 16 victor
Also to be fair I was watching it on a screen, so I saw what America was seeing, I don't know what it sounded like in the room. Richie stressed the importance of song writing, "Well that's everything". "I mean. what do you tell somebody?"

Other news