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May 18th, 2018

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.

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