House Rejects Farm Bill Over Food Stamp Fights
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

house of representativesPoor John Boehner — the Speaker of the House of Representatives can’t get his Republican members to think with one mind on anything but abortion.

That was clear on Thursday, when more than a quarter of Republicans voted with Democrats to defeat a bill overhauling the nation’s food and farm programs, the New York Times reports.

And it was all (or mostly) because Republicans wanted deeper cuts to the nation’s food stamp program and the Democrats objected. Fight, fight, and fight. That’s all they did:

“This trillion-dollar spending bill is too big and would have passed welfare policy on the backs of farmers,” said Rep. Marlin Stutzman, a Tea Party Republican from Indiana, after the bill failed.

“[Republicans] took a bipartisan bill and turned it into a partisan bill,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland. “It’s unfortunate for farmers, for consumers and our country.”

Do nothing, Congress. Do nothing.

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Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.