House Votes Down Farm Bill After Conservatives Buck GOP Leadership

House Votes Down Farm Bill After Conservatives Buck GOP Leadership

Today, the House Freedom Caucus killed the Farm Bill over an immigration dispute with GOP leadership. The bill went down largely on party lines, 198-213, after leaders feverishly tried to flip conservative votes on the floor, even leaving the vote open for a time to try to change opponents minds.

The vote came after a 48-hour standoff between GOP leadership and members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. The group held the bill hostage, demanding that the House first vote on controversial immigration legislation in exchange for their support for the sweeping legislation.

GOP leaders said they would delay a motion to reconsider the bill until a later date. It is unclear if they intend to try to pass the partisan bill again — or move to a bipartisan document that could easily clear the Senate. “We’re not done with this,” Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA.) told reporters. “We’re going to continue until we get it done.”

The Senate has not yet relased their version of the Farm Bill. The Senate version will differ from H.R. 2 and is not expected to contain the controversial SNAP work requirements.

May 9th, 2018 – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Nomination Hearing for Tara Sweeney to serve as the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs

May 9th, 2018 – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Nomination Hearing for Tara Sweeney to serve as the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (Committee) has scheduled the nomination hearing for Tara Sweeney of Alaska to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior on Wednesday, May 9th at 2:30 p.m. EST in Room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Witnesses for live testimony are by invitation only and a list will be posted on the Committee’s website once confirmed. The record will be open for two weeks following the hearing for written comments and a webcast of the hearing will be available on the scheduled hearing date on the Committee website. For more information about the hearing or the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, please visit: http://www.indian.senate.gov.