By a vote of 195-234 the House of Representatives have rejected the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (H.R. 1947) last week, dealing a setback to bill proponents and leaving an uncertain path forward for passing a long-term Farm Bill.
Prior to the vote on final passage, the House debated over 100 amendments. Among the amendments adopted include one by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) that would strip the supply management provisions from the dairy program, an amendment to reduce farm payment caps by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and an amendment by Rep. Steve Southerland that would allow states to institute new work requirements for SNAP recipients.
With the surprising defeat of the bill in the House, next steps for the legislation remain unclear. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Monday that he will not move a short-term extension through the Senate. House leaders could bring the legislation back to the floor with modifications in an attempt to pick up additional votes. Rep. Southerland suggested this week that his amendment, which some have said cost the bill the support of a number of Democrats, could be dropped and the bill brought back to the floor.