The House has rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them.
The vote was 234-195 against the bill, a split Rep. Adrian Smith says he wasn't expecting.
"I am very disappointed the House did not pass a
five-year Farm Bill today. I thought we would have the votes for a
bipartisan bill to establish reasonable farm policy and make reforms to reduce
spending," Smith shared following the vote.
Members of both parties had signaled opposition to the food stamp cuts in the bill.
Many Republicans say the cuts are not enough; the food stamp program has doubled in cost over the last five years to almost $80 billion a year and now helps to feed 1 in 7 Americans.
Conversely, many Liberals oppose any reductions in food stamps, saying the cuts could remove as many as 2 million needy recipients from the rolls.
Smith concluded his statement by saying, "We need to examine our options as we work to move a responsible long-term bill forward. I remain committed to getting the Farm Bill done."