On June 20, 2013 the United States House of Representatives voted down their version of the five-year farm bill (H.R. 1947). In the end the vote was 195-234, with 62 Republicans and 172 Democrats joining to defeat the bill. The bill was defeated in large part because many Democrats have opposed the more than $20 billion the House bill proposed to cut from the SNAP program. In addition, some Republicans have opposed the House bill saying more cuts to SNAP need to be made. The Senate passed their version of the farm bill last week. The 1949 farm bill is set to go back into effect if Congress fails to pass a new farm bill before the 2008 farm bill expires on September 30, 2008.
For more information on the 2013 farm bill, please visit the Current Issues section of the Agricultural Law Center’s website.
Written By Clara E. Conklin – Research Assistant
The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
June 20, 2013