The U.S. House failed to pass a five-year farm bill with a 234-195 vote on H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013.
"The failure by the House leadership, for the second year in a row, to reach consensus on a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill is a tremendous disappointment for all Americans," says USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack.
“Twice now, the U.S. Senate has done its job and passed balanced, comprehensive legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support. Unfortunately, the House version of this bill would have unfairly denied food assistance for millions of struggling families and their children, while failing to achieve needed reforms or critical investments to continue economic growth in rural America. As a result, the House was unable to achieve bipartisan consensus."
Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) also commented: "I’m obviously disappointed, but the reforms in H.R. 1947 – $40 billion in deficit reduction, elimination of direct payments and the first reforms to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamps) – are so important that we must continue to pursue them.
“We are assessing all of our options, but I have no doubt that we will finish our work in the near future and provide the certainty that our farmers, ranchers, and rural constituents need.”