The House of Representatives Thursday passed its version of the farm bill 213-211. The narrow vote followed a failed attempt at passing significant immigration reform in the House. The bill again received no support from House Democrats, just as it did when the House failed to pass the legislation previously. Attention now turns to the Senate, expected to consider its version of the farm bill within the next two weeks. The Senate bill was crafted in a bipartisan way and is expected to pass. However, the House version of the bill, greatly differs, with work requirements included for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway of Texas says he looks forward to “working with the Senate and the president” to deliver an on-time farm bill. The current farm bill expires in September.
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