The House defeated the farm bill on Thursday by a margin of 234 to 195. Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith voted for the legislation. However, he says the bill failed due to difference over spending cuts, including the proposed $20.5 billion in SNAP cuts.
He says the House will have to regroup, but he’s optimistic they can pass a bill before the current legislation expires on September 30.
Smith says defeat of the bill came as a surprise because leadership thought there were enough votes for passage. He says the vote proved this is a food bill, not a farm bill.