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As of Tuesday, farmers, ag organizations and the politicans alike were feeling generally optimistic about the farm bill;even Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor both expressed enthusiasm for the farm bill's support.
Which may be why it came as such a surprise then the House of Representatives voted on the 2013 farm bill....and came up short. The total vote was 234-195 against the bill with 62 Republicans voting against the bill and 24 Democrats voting in its favor.
Original worries were set with the Obama administration and its statement against supporting the current 2013 farm bill, however, the bill would have to get to the President's desk to enforce those worries first.
Sad news today for farmers with bipartisan opposition in the House resulting in no passage of a farm bill. A large contributing factor to the opposing debate circulated around the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps. Republican and Democrats held differing thoughts in significant cut amounts and food stamp reductions.
When asked for a statement on the failed farm bill passage in the House, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said:
"The failure by the House leadership, for the second year in a row, to reach consensus on a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill is a tremendous disappointment for all Americans. Twice now, the U.S. Senate has done its job and passed balanced, comprehensive legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support. Unfortunately, the House version of this bill would have unfairly denied food assistance for millions of struggling families and their children, while failing to achieve needed reforms or critical investments to continue economic growth in rural America. As a result, the House was unable to achieve bipartisan consensus."
Stay tuned as ag broadcasters Sonja Langseth and Matt Widboom will catch up with organization representatives such as Dale Moore, AFBF Public Policy Director, to get their thoughts on delaying situation on the farm bill - will this be another "kick the can down the road" year?