House Narrowly Passes Farm Bill

Julia Cohen | Reporter

The House of Representatives passed the farm bill in a close 213-211 vote on Thursday, after failing in May on its first try in the House, according to the Washington Post on Thursday.

The farm bill includes new, stricter work requirements for adults who receive food stamps. The new requirements mandate that able-bodied adults must spend 20 hours per week working a job or attending government job-training programs to receive food stamps.

The work requirements led to Democrats withdrawing their support for the bill, which is usually one of the more bipartisan measures in Congress.

House Republicans previously failed to pass the farm bill in May when the House Freedom Caucus opposed the bill in order to bargain for Republican Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s conservative immigration proposal to come to the floor. That bill, which was voted on Thursday morning, failed 193-231. (RELATED: Goodlatte Immigration Bill Fails In The House)

Other debated farm bill provisions include price floors for sugar, a reexamination of school lunch nutrition standards, and the elimination of the Conservative Stewardship Program, which incentivizes farmers to address natural resource quality.

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