Farm Bill Fails In The House


By Brittany Cooper

Washington ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Big news out of our nation's capitol... A farm bill regarding crop insurance programs fails in the House Thursday.

The house voted 195 to 234 to defeat the bill, which was expected to pass.

House speaker John Boehner, who rarely votes, supported the bill.
The House Bill expanded crop insurance programs.

The bill also creates a new crop insurance that kicks in prior to farmers' paid policies.

But concerns over the size of proposed cuts to the nation's food stamp program was seen as an obstacle.

"I think you've got a classic case here of competing interests, you've got cotton farmers, you've got soy bean growers in the Midwest, dairy industry in the Northwest and none of them agree as to what this bill ought to have," adds Rep. Stephen Hartgen, District 24 B.

The Senate has already passed its own farm legislation, which include $2.4 billion a year in overall cuts and, a $400 million annual decrease in food stamps.

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