Arkansas House Republicans join passage of farm bill opposed by farm groups, without food aid | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Arkansas House Republicans join passage of farm bill opposed by farm groups, without food aid

Posted By on Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 3:20 PM

All four Arkansas Republican members of the House — Tom Cotton, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack and Rick Crawford — joined in the narrow House passage today of a farm bill stripped of nutrition (food stamp) aid. All the major farm lobbies and many others, including conservation groups, had opposed the bill because it's empty political showboating that won't pass the Senate, where some bipartisan coalitions have emerged for farm legislation. But hope springs from agriculture interests that passage today of the farm portion of the bill could lead to a compromise with the Senate. Tom Cotton and Co., of course, don't compromise. Ezra Klein mulls here the various possibilities to come.

The vote was 216-208. Every Democrat and 12 Republicans voted no.

This sets the stage for a Republican assault on nutrition funding.

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