House approves five-year farm bill

House approves five-year farm bill
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The House narrowly approved a five-year farm bill on Thursday that would impose new work requirements on people who receive food stamps.

The legislation initially failed after conservatives demanded a vote on a conservative-backed immigration bill in exchange for their support last month.

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But the House was able to push the bill forward on Thursday in a 213-211 vote.

The vote came the same day the House decided to postpone the vote on a compromise immigration bill and rejected another, more hardline immigration bill introduced by Rep. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Immigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview MORE (R-Va.).

Passing the farm bill was a top priority for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials Democrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate MORE (R-Wis.), who argued the work requirements would help people move up the economic ladder. 

The bill authorizes a number of farm, agricultural and food programs that are set to expire at the end of September.

Most Democrats opposed the farm bill over the new work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE praised the passage of the bill, as well as its stipulations on work requirements.

"Farm Bill just passed in the House. So happy to see work requirements included. Big win for the farmers!" Trump tweeted.