Breaking: Farm bill defeated in House
June 20th, 2013
02:42 PM ET
10 years ago

Breaking: Farm bill defeated in House

(CNN) - In an unexpected defeat, the House rejected a major farm bill Thursday, with both Democrats and Republicans voting against the measure.

Among the reasons for the bill's failure–House conservatives said the measure cost too much and Democrats opposed new work requirements for food stamp recipients.

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  1. smith

    I spent 8 years on active duty in the military. Never met one person or their family that was on food stamps. Where is your resource for this info? or is it just made up typical liberal garbage.

    June 20, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Walmart not only ENCOURAGES employees to use food stamps, they provide the forms and instructions on how to fill them out."

    Indeed. And as I've mentioned before, here in MA, they provided the instructions for how to get MassHealth. The reality is this: corporations and the wealthy use food stamps and Medicaid and other programs like that as a way of subsidizing their business and their profits...but then they complain that we have to tax them in order for that to continue. It has to come out of their hide one way or the other...either via compensation packages or by the gov't picking up THEIR's not the employees' slack...if we're to have a healthy society. But they would much rather just see millions of people without health care and without retirements and without food and housing, etc., if it means they get to keep an extra few million each year.

    June 20, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. ryche

    "Democrats opposed new work requirements for food stamp recipients"

    Why? Do people understand that if you give a person a fish they eat for a day but if you teach a person to fish they eat for a lifetime? Why would we want more people reliant on the govt?
    Is that why conservatives want to abolish the Dep't of Education? Why do they want to systematically dismantle our public school systems by replacing them with private charter schools?

    Your wisdom would be more credible if the right wing proposals actually provided the education that you speak of. They cut it.


    Notice how scmbag lib rudy doesn't acknowledge your original question.. that's typical of ALL libs... they dont have an answer as to why theyd not allow a work requirement.. it makes no sense.. just like all liberal scmbags.. they make no sense.. and they cannot defend their position on things like this.. because if they did, they'd show their true colors... and we already know they are scmbags, they just cant let that cat out of the bag..

    June 20, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. lesliee


    Oh, I thought you were talking about the U.S. House of Representatives.

    June 20, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Steveo

    What if

    What happend Stevo? It didn't pass back then either. Apparently most democrats didn't like it then as well as most don't like it now. But the GOP still think it's a good idea to have slaves again.
    You SURE it did not pass? You may want to look up the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. There IS a SNAP work requirement for Able Bodied Single Adults With Dependants

    If an applicant ABAWD completes a workfare or work experience assignment during the 30-day application processing period, and is otherwise eligible for the Food Stamp Program, the ABAWD must be issued benefits back to the date of application (the monthly food stamp allotment being compensation for the hours the ABAWD worked). If an applicant ABAWD completes an education/training assignment during the 30-day application processing period, and is otherwise eligible for the program, the State agency may choose whether to issue the ABAWD benefits back to the date of application or in the next month. (Issuance of benefits back to the date of application would not be mandatory in the case of education/training programs because the food stamp allotment is not needed to compensate ABAWDs for participation in non-work programs.)

    June 20, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Steveo

    Rudy NYC

    Steveo wrote:

    In fairness, the opposite is true, The last time I checked YOU don't have 60 votes in the Senate!
    What are YOU talking about? WE are talking about getting enough votes to pass in the House, Steveo.
    Is the same true about the Senate or not?
    You haven't checked. A farm bill has enough support to pass in the Senate. The problem is the Clown House.
    I am not talking about any specifics and am making a general statement that the DEMs do not have 60 votes in the Senate and need GOP votes! Simple question, simple answer

    June 20, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Steveo

    @ What if,

    Make that WITHOUT dependants, neverless the less a SNAP work requirement IS there!

    June 20, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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