The House of Representatives defeated the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 by a vote of 195-234.  Conservative Republican members and urban/suburban Democratic members provided the votes to defeat the bill. 

Many of the Republicans who voted against the bill wanted more cuts to farm and nutrition programs.  Democratic no votes objected to the cuts in nutrition programs.  The final day of consideration consisted of debates on major reforms for dairy, sugar, payment limitations and additional restrictions for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  All of this added to the problems of passing the bill. 

The House Agriculture Committee and agriculture and nutrition groups are going to have assess what happens next.  A key question for the future is what happens to the farm-nutrition coalition that has been the reason for success of farm bills in the past.  

 

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