House fails to pass farm bill over immigration fight

House conservatives killed a farm subsidy bill that would have imposed work requirements on food stamp recipients because they didn’t get their way on tough immigration reform.

The House Freedom Caucus’ fit of pique was a huge embarrassment to House Speaker Paul Ryan and a bitter pill for other GOP lawmakers who hail from agricultural states.

The 213-198 vote killed the work and job training requirements, which were popular with President Trump’s base.

But it also delayed farm subsidies, pork barrel cash that Republican lawmakers crave.

Ryan took steps to call for a revote in the future, but it’s not clear when the measure might be revived.

Democrats strongly opposed the work requirements, saying the stricter work and job training rules were poorly designed and would drive 2 million people off of food stamps.

With Associated Press

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