The House has barely passed a new farm bill that has been stripped of roughly $80 billion in annual spending for nutrition programs, including food stamps.
The final vote was 216 to 208.
It appears no Democrats voted for the bill.
Incredibly, Rep.Tim Huelskamp
of KS-01 — one of the most farm-centered districts in the United States — was one of just 12 GOP votes against the measure.
Other local GOP Reps —Vicky Hartzler, Sam Graves, Kevin Yoder, Lynn Jenkins, Mike Pompeo
— were yes votes.
was a no.
UPDATE: Rep. Jenkins: “This is progress, and will allow us to come together with the Senate and create a better system than we currently have today. Doing nothing, yet again, would have been irresponsible and put our food security at risk.”
The measure presumably goes to conference with a vastly different Senate bill that includes a nutrition component. It isn’t clear if conferees could put food stamps back in the measure.
But the passage is a victory of sorts for House GOP leadership, which had taxpayer-subsidized egg on its face last month when the farm bill failed in the House.
Several conservative groups opposed the stand-alone bill.
Quotes when we get them.