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 GoodlattePress: Trump's final presidential pardon: himself USCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Immigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids MORE (R-Va.).

Passing the farm bill was a top priority for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker Budowsky: Why I back Kennedy, praise Markey Democratic super PAC quotes Reagan in anti-Trump ad set to air on Fox News: 'Are you better off?' 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 suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran 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.