A GOP leadership-led effort to pass a new farm bill that would boost the work requirement for people receiving food stamps failed Friday after a group of conservative congressmen, as well as some moderates, joined Democrats in opposing it.
According to Fox News, the farm bill would have required more hours of work from able-bodied people wanting to get food stamps from the government. It’s not a measure conservatives would normally disapprove of, but a unified group of congressmen felt that something else needed to be passed first.
The House Freedom Caucus united in an effort to reform immigration in America instead. Conservative lawmakers insisted that their immigration bill was more pressing.
As a result, 30 Republicans joined all 183 Democrats in voting against the GOP farm bill, ABC News reported. Republican leaders were not happy.
“We experienced a setback today after a streak of victories all week. We may be down, but we are not out," said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-Tx.)
The conservative immigration bill is aimed at helping President Trump complete his U.S-Mexico border well. It also addresses other ways to boost border security and keep America safe.
“We want to make sure we get the right thing done on immigration,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
The White House was disappointed that the GOP farm bill didn’t pass. Trump supported the current bill and said it’s vital “in order to achieve strong work requirements and support our nation’s agricultural community.”
Democrats opposed the farm bill because it cuts $23 billion from food stamps. But Republicans predicted that $20 billion would be saved with people returning to work in Trump’s healthy economy and no longer needing to depend on taxpayer-funded government handouts.