House votes down Farm Bill
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted down its version of the Farm Bill, the “Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act,” by a vote of 195 to 234. A total of 172 republicans and 24 democrats voted in favor of the measure, with 62 republicans and 172 democrats voting against passage. A breakdown of the vote can be accessed here.
The U.S. Senate passed its version of the legislation on June 11 by a vote of 66 to 27. While the Senate version of the bill includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs, the House version did not.
Two days ago, on June 18, Rep. Frank D. Lucas, R-Okla., delivered a floor statement on the bill, noting the House Committee on Agriculture held two markup sessions on the bill; one during the last congressional session, and one in May. “Both of these markups lasted more than 12 hours each and we considered over 200 amendments in total. In the end, we had a large, bipartisan margin of support. The vote tally this year was 36-10 with 23 out of 25 republicans and 13 out of 21 democrats supporting it,” he said in the statement.