In an unusual turn, the U.S. House voted on a new farm bill that will be devoid of the traditional food stamp program that has always been included in the bill since its inception in 1933. This novel approach is because of the embarrassing defeat of the Republican-led bill June 20th over cuts to the food assistance portion of the bill.
The bill passed the House on a vote of 216-208, All Democrats and 12 Republicans voted against the bill. The bill passed despite a veto threat by President Obama.
House Speaker John Boehner’s leadership was questioned after last month’s stunning defeat of the previous version of the House’s farm bill. That previous version saw 63 Republicans vote against passage,U.S. Houser Passes farm Bill Devoid of Food Assistance Program handing the Republicans a loss on the floor. Of the current bill, Boehner was vague on how this new approach would lead to a new farm bill.
The food assistance portion of the bill will be brought up at a later date according to the House leaders. During conference with the Senate the question of how much of a cut the food assistance program receive will be discussed. The Senate Bill has cuts in place but not near as much as the House is looking for.
Representative Corrine Brown of Florida pointed to the Republican side of the House and hollared, “Mitt Romney was right, you all do not care about the 47 percent. Shame on you!” during closing debate of the bill.
Georgia’s Representative Rob Woodall asked for the proceedings to stop and for Brown’s comments stricken from the record. He would later withdraw the request.
Alaska’s sole Representative to Washington’s House voted for the Farm Bill along with his Republican collegues.