House GOP passes subsidy-Packed farm bill to tighten food stamp rules and requirements

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The house of representatives passed a far-reaching subsidy-Packed farm bill on Thursday that tightens food stamp rules, a big win for house leadership after a day full of setbacks and chaos on immigration.

The house bill narrowly passed, by a vote of 213-211, with 20 Republicans voting no. It puts a certain amount of debate in the Senate, which is looking to make, mostly minor adjustments to existing programs and not select a food-stamp fight.

The measure cuts federal food stamps benefits by some $9 billion over the next ten years and includes provisions that strengthen work requirements for those who want to get the advantage.

Non-partisan congressional estimates say that almost 4 percent of SNAP recipients — around 1.2 million people-would lose the benefits under the new farm bill.

But $6.7 billion of the savings would go to new work-training programs, the critics say, are often ineffective, and almost another $1 billion would be allocated to administrative costs.

Farm Bill passing in the house. So happy to see, work requirements. Big win for the farmers!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018

Currently, adults 18-59 are required to work part-time, receive food stamps, officially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or accept a job if offered. Stricter rules apply for non-disabled adults 18-49, are subject to a three-month limit of benefits, unless they meet a work or job training requirement of 80 hours per month.

Under the new farm bill, the harder requirement would be extended to apply to all adults on SNAP, with exceptions for seniors, pregnant women, caregivers of children under 6 years of age or people with disabilities. Food stamp benefits average about $450 per month for a family of four.

“This bill includes critical reforms to the food, close the “skills gap”, better facilities for our employees, and to encourage people to move from welfare to work, so that more Americans have the opportunity to tap into the economic prosperity we see now,” speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan said in a statement.

“This bill includes critical reforms …, encouraging people to move from welfare to work.”

Speaker Of The House Of Representatives Paul Ryan

Democrats unanimously and the bill rejected, saying it would throw too many people off of state assistance.


The bill also includes large subsidies, particularly for soybeans, wheat, cotton, rice, maize and peanut farmers to mock what some of the critics, the law as little more than a substitution of food stamps with the so-called “corporate welfare.”

The house previously, the farm bill voted in last month, the conservative house freedom Caucus source control support, without an agreement, a vote on an immigration bill.

But on Thursday, after the house leadership, the liberty Caucus of the requirements to join, and put a hard-right immigration proposal to a vote, the adopted farm bill, with strong Republican support.

The conservative immigration measure was defeated 231-193, with 41 Republicans — mostly moderates — accession Democrats in voting against him.

These defections — almost one in five GOP-lawmakers — underscore the party, the remain in the abyss on immigration and election-year pressures Republicans face, faithful, districts, ranging from strictly conservative, pro-immigrants.

The failure of the immigration bill would be entitled, but not fully appropriated — $25 billion in border funding and provided nonimmigrant legal status to some 700,000 of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

A vote is expected tomorrow on a compromise immigration bill, the odds are long faces It is a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and completely appropriates $25 billion for the office of President trump, the border wall plan.

The Associated Press and Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.

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