Freedom Caucus Sinks Farm Bill over Immigration

(From The Daily Caller)

The long-awaited farm policy bill failed in the House on Friday as members of the conservative Freedom Caucus voted against the GOP-led legislation.

In a major embarrassment to GOP leadership, the bill failed in a 198-213 vote, when conservative members voted with Democrats, who unanimously opposed the legislation.

Democrats opposed the bill mainly over the added SNAP rules, which House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called “cruel.”

But the more conservative organizations in Washington, D.C., refused to back the measure, with Heritage Action and Freedom Partners saying the work requirements didn’t go far enough to help welfare recipients get out of poverty.

The GOP’s bill also would not have shrunk farm subsidies, a common complaint among free market conservatives who oppose government welfare to corporations.

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