UPDATE: Thursday, June 20, 2013
The U.S. House of Representatives' 234-195 rejection Thursday of a $940 billion, five-year farm bill came as a shock to farm groups.
"The House leadership has been telling us for the longest time that they were confident of having the votes," Kansas Farm Bureau President Steve Baccus said. "So when it came out and lost by as wide a margin as it did, it was certainly a shock."
While the farm bill certainly has a big impact on the farm, it's biggest impact is on people who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as food stamps.
"Most of the folks that are using our pantries are probably utilizing SNAP benefits," Kansas Food Bank President and CEO Brian Walker said. "It's a program that helps fill the gap, obviously."
Walker said the $20 billion the bill cut from SNAP spending over 10 years would have stretched resources at the food bank even more as additional people turned to the organization for help after losing their benefits.
The proposed SNAP cuts are what doomed the House farm bill. The 172 Democrats who voted against the measure argued the cuts were too deep. The 62 Republicans voting against it said the cuts were not deep enough.
In a statement, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, cited "an out-of-control food stamp program that swallows 80 percent of this trillion-dollar bill before we even get to agriculture policy and an energy title that provides hundreds of millions of dollars for politically favored industries like ‘green energy.’"
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler also voted against the farm bill.
"Three months ago, nearly every Republican voted for the House Republican Budget that reduces the massive food stamp program by $135 billion," Huelskamp said in a statement. "I could not vote for a bill that authorizes a reform of only $20 billion."
Kansas' other House members, Reps. Lynn Jenkins and Kevin Yoder voted in favor of the farm bill.
Walker, the food bank CEO, is hoping the SNAP cuts do not make it back into future farm bills.
"We know they have to do something about spending in Washington," he said. "Our hope is that they just don't do it on the backs of those most in need."
Thursday, June 20, 2013
The House has rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them.
The vote was 234-195 against the bill. Sixty-two Republicans voted no, while 24 Democrats voted in favor of the bill.
Kansas representatives Lynn Jenkins and Kevin Yoder voted for the bill. Representatives Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp voted against it.
Members of both parties had signaled opposition to the food stamp cuts in the bill.
Many Republicans say the cuts are not enough; the food stamp program has doubled in cost over the last five years to almost $80 billion a year and now helps to feed 1 in 7 Americans.
Liberals oppose any reductions in food stamps, contending that the House plan could remove as many as 2 million needy recipients from the rolls.
The 234-195 roll call Thursday by which the House rejected the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act.
A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the bill.
Voting yes were 24 Democrats and 171 Republicans.
Voting no were 172 Democrats and 62 Republicans.
X denotes those not voting.
Democrats -- Sewell, N.
Republicans -- Aderholt, Y; Bachus, Y; Bonner, Y; Brooks, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.
Republicans -- Young, Y.
Democrats -- Barber, Y; Grijalva, N; Kirkpatrick, N; Pastor, N; Sinema, Y.
Republicans -- Franks, N; Gosar, Y; Salmon, N; Schweikert, N.
Republicans -- Cotton, N; Crawford, Y; Griffin, Y; Womack, Y.
Democrats -- Bass, N; Becerra, N; Bera, Y; Brownley, Y; Capps, N; Cardenas, N; Chu, N; Costa, Y; Davis, N; Eshoo, N; Farr, Y; Garamendi, Y; Hahn, N; Honda, X; Huffman, N; Lee, N; Lofgren, N; Lowenthal, N; Matsui, N; McNerney, Y; Miller, George, N; Napolitano, N; Negrete McLeod, N; Pelosi, N; Peters, N; Roybal-Allard, N; Ruiz, N; Sanchez, Linda T., N; Sanchez, Loretta, N; Schiff, N; Sherman, N; Speier, N; Swalwell, N; Takano, N; Thompson, N; Vargas, N; Waters, N; Waxman, N.
Republicans -- Calvert, Y; Campbell, Y; Cook, N; Denham, Y; Hunter, Y; Issa, Y; LaMalfa, Y; McCarthy, Y; McClintock, N; McKeon, Y; Miller, Gary, X; Nunes, Y; Rohrabacher, N; Royce, N; Valadao, Y.
Democrats -- DeGette, N; Perlmutter, N; Polis, N.
Republicans -- Coffman, N; Gardner, Y; Lamborn, N; Tipton, Y.
Democrats -- Courtney, N; DeLauro, N; Esty, N; Himes, N; Larson, N.
Democrats -- Carney, N.
Democrats -- Brown, N; Castor, N; Deutch, N; Frankel, N; Garcia, Y; Grayson, N; Hastings, N; Murphy, Y; Wasserman Schultz, N; Wilson, N.
Republicans -- Bilirakis, N; Buchanan, Y; Crenshaw, Y; DeSantis, N; Diaz-Balart, Y; Mica, Y; Miller, N; Nugent, Y; Posey, N; Radel, N; Rooney, Y; Ros-Lehtinen, Y; Ross, Y; Southerland, Y; Webster, Y; Yoho, Y; Young, N.
Democrats -- Barrow, Y; Bishop, N; Johnson, N; Lewis, N; Scott, David, N.
Republicans -- Broun, N; Collins, N; Gingrey, N; Graves, N; Kingston, Y; Price, N; Scott, Austin, Y; Westmoreland, Y; Woodall, Y.
Democrats -- Gabbard, N; Hanabusa, N.
Republicans -- Labrador, N; Simpson, Y.
Democrats -- Bustos, Y; Davis, Danny, N; Duckworth, N; Enyart, Y; Foster, N; Gutierrez, N; Kelly, N; Lipinski, N; Quigley, N; Rush, N; Schakowsky, N; Schneider, N.
Republicans -- Davis, Rodney, Y; Hultgren, Y; Kinzinger, Y; Roskam, Y; Schock, Y; Shimkus, Y.
Democrats -- Carson, N; Visclosky, N.
Republicans -- Brooks, Y; Bucshon, Y; Messer, Y; Rokita, Y; Stutzman, N; Walorski, Y; Young, Y.
Democrats -- Braley, Y; Loebsack, Y.
Republicans -- King, Y; Latham, Y.
Republicans -- Huelskamp, N; Jenkins, Y; Pompeo, N; Yoder, Y.
Democrats -- Yarmuth, N.
Republicans -- Barr, Y; Guthrie, Y; Massie, N; Rogers, Y; Whitfield, Y.
Democrats -- Richmond, N.
Republicans -- Alexander, Y; Boustany, Y; Cassidy, Y; Fleming, N; Scalise, N.
Democrats -- Michaud, N; Pingree, N.
Democrats -- Cummings, N; Delaney, N; Edwards, N; Hoyer, N; Ruppersberger, N; Sarbanes, N; Van Hollen, N.
Republicans -- Harris, Y.
Democrats -- Capuano, N; Keating, N; Kennedy, N; Lynch, N; Markey, X; McGovern, N; Neal, N; Tierney, N; Tsongas, N.
Democrats -- Conyers, N; Dingell, N; Kildee, N; Levin, N; Peters, Y.
Republicans -- Amash, N; Benishek, Y; Bentivolio, Y; Camp, Y; Huizenga, Y; Miller, Y; Rogers, Y; Upton, Y; Walberg, Y.
Democrats -- Ellison, N; McCollum, N; Nolan, N; Peterson, Y; Walz, Y.
Republicans -- Bachmann, N; Kline, Y; Paulsen, Y.
Democrats -- Thompson, N.
Republicans -- Harper, Y; Nunnelee, Y; Palazzo, Y.
Democrats -- Clay, N; Cleaver, N.
Republicans -- Graves, Y; Hartzler, Y; Long, Y; Luetkemeyer, Y; Smith, Y; Wagner, Y.
Republicans -- Daines, Y.
Republicans -- Fortenberry, Y; Smith, Y; Terry, Y.
Democrats -- Horsford, N; Titus, N.
Republicans -- Amodei, Y; Heck, N.
Democrats -- Kuster, N; Shea-Porter, N.
Democrats -- Andrews, N; Holt, N; Pallone, N; Pascrell, N; Payne, N; Sires, N.
Republicans -- Frelinghuysen, Y; Garrett, N; Lance, N; LoBiondo, N; Runyan, Y; Smith, N.
Democrats -- Lujan Grisham, N; Lujan, Ben Ray, N.
Republicans -- Pearce, Y.
Democrats -- Bishop, N; Clarke, N; Crowley, N; Engel, N; Higgins, N; Israel, N; Jeffries, N; Lowey, N; Maffei, N; Maloney, Carolyn, N; Maloney, Sean, N; McCarthy, X; Meeks, N; Meng, N; Nadler, N; Owens, Y; Rangel, N; Serrano, N; Slaughter, X; Tonko, N; Velazquez, N.
Republicans -- Collins, Y; Gibson, Y; Grimm, Y; Hanna, Y; King, Y; Reed, Y.
Democrats -- Butterfield, N; McIntyre, Y; Price, N; Watt, N.
Republicans -- Coble, Y; Ellmers, Y; Foxx, Y; Holding, Y; Hudson, Y; Jones, N; McHenry, Y; Meadows, Y; Pittenger, N.
Republicans -- Cramer, Y.
Democrats -- Beatty, N; Fudge, N; Kaptur, N; Ryan, N.
Republicans -- Boehner, Y; Chabot, N; Gibbs, Y; Johnson, Y; Jordan, N; Joyce, Y; Latta, Y; Renacci, Y; Stivers, Y; Tiberi, Y; Turner, Y; Wenstrup, N.
Republicans -- Bridenstine, N; Cole, Y; Lankford, Y; Lucas, Y; Mullin, Y.
Democrats -- Blumenauer, N; Bonamici, N; DeFazio, N; Schrader, Y.
Republicans -- Walden, Y.
Democrats -- Brady, N; Cartwright, N; Doyle, N; Fattah, N; Schwartz, N.
Republicans -- Barletta, Y; Dent, Y; Fitzpatrick, Y; Gerlach, Y; Kelly, Y; Marino, Y; Meehan, N; Murphy, Y; Perry, N; Pitts, N; Rothfus, N; Shuster, N; Thompson, Y.
Democrats -- Cicilline, N; Langevin, N.
Democrats -- Clyburn, N.
Republicans -- Duncan, N; Gowdy, N; Mulvaney, N; Rice, Y; Sanford, N; Wilson, Y.
Republicans -- Noem, Y.
Democrats -- Cohen, N; Cooper, N.
Republicans -- Black, Y; Blackburn, Y; DesJarlais, Y; Duncan, N; Fincher, Y; Fleischmann, Y; Roe, Y.
Democrats -- Castro, N; Cuellar, Y; Doggett, N; Gallego, N; Green, Al, N; Green, Gene, N; Hinojosa, N; Jackson Lee, N; Johnson, E. B., N; O'Rourke, N; Veasey, N; Vela, Y.
Republicans -- Barton, Y; Brady, N; Burgess, Y; Carter, Y; Conaway, Y; Culberson, N; Farenthold, Y; Flores, Y; Gohmert, N; Granger, Y; Hall, Y; Hensarling, N; Johnson, Sam, Y; Marchant, Y; McCaul, Y; Neugebauer, Y; Olson, Y; Poe, Y; Sessions, Y; Smith, Y; Stockman, N; Thornberry, Y; Weber, Y; Williams, Y.
Democrats -- Matheson, N.
Republicans -- Bishop, Y; Chaffetz, Y; Stewart, Y.
Democrats -- Welch, N.
Democrats -- Connolly, N; Moran, N; Scott, N.
Republicans -- Cantor, Y; Forbes, Y; Goodlatte, N; Griffith, Y; Hurt, N; Rigell, N; Wittman, Y; Wolf, N.
Democrats -- DelBene, N; Heck, N; Kilmer, N; Larsen, X; McDermott, N; Smith, N.
Republicans -- Hastings, Y; Herrera Beutler, Y; McMorris Rodgers, Y; Reichert, Y.
Democrats -- Rahall, Y.
Republicans -- Capito, Y; McKinley, Y.
Democrats -- Kind, N; Moore, N; Pocan, N.
Republicans -- Duffy, Y; Petri, Y; Ribble, Y; Ryan, N; Sensenbrenner, N.
Republicans -- Lummis, Y.