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FARM BILL: Divided House Rejects Bill

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In Washington D.C. Thursday, the House of Representatives rejected a five-year half-trillion dollar farm bill.

The bill would have cut direct subsidies for farmers and cut part of the food stamp programs.

The vote was 195 to 234. Sixty-two republicans voted no while 24 democrats voted yes.

All four of Iowa’s representatives voted in favor of the bill titled, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013.

Republican Representative Tom Latham released a statement saying “I have real frustration with the members of both parties; republican and democrat; who have blocked progress on this issue, denying us the opportunity to achieve 40 billion dollars in commonsense savings to taxpayers and Iowa farmers the respect and certainty they deserve.”

Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley also released a statement saying, “Today`s vote is Washington at its very worst: when ideology stands in the way of progress for our economy and the American people. Once again, the House has failed in its responsibility to pass a bipartisan farm bill after the senate did its job.”

The US Senate passed the farm bill last week.

CNN reports that among the reasons for the bill’s failure is that House conservatives said the measure cost too much and Democrats opposed new work requirements for food stamp recipients.