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 GoodlatteTop Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview It’s time for Congress to pass an anti-cruelty statute DOJ opinion will help protect kids from dangers of online gambling MORE (R-Va.).

Passing the farm bill was a top priority for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Dem candidate says he faced cultural barriers on the campaign trail because he is working-class Former House candidate and ex-ironworker says there is 'buyer's remorse' for Trump in Midwest Head of top hedge fund association to step down 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 TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say 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.