Immediately after the House Farm Bill (H.R.2) failed to pass on the floor last Friday, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) filed a motion to reconsider the measure. The motion to reconsider was approved, and now the House has until June 22 to vote again on H.R.2. If the House fails to meet the June 22 deadline, they can appeal for an extension to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
However, if the Senate introduces its version of the Farm Bill before the House gets a chance to re-vote, it could disrupt the House’s entire process, particularly if the Senate bill is more appealing to House moderates. The current House Farm Bill has several controversial provisions. It cuts the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) by nearly $19 billion and would put in place more stringent work participation requirements. The bill would also make it even harder for states to get federal waivers from the bill’s work requirements for areas with high unemployment rates. The measure also imposes a lifetime ban on individuals found guilty of a violent crime (current law denies SNAP benefits to individuals who violate the terms of their release). According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the House bill would results in benefit losses for more than 2 million people in need of food assistance.
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