House rejects Republican farm bill as some conservatives withhold support


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U.S. net farm income this year is forecast to fall 7% to the lowest in 12 years, according to the Agriculture Department.

WASHINGTON—The House on Friday rejected a five-year agriculture and food-stamp bill written by Republicans, reflecting the scrambled politics within the GOP’s ranks.

The measure failed with 198 in favor and 213 opposed, after a group of conservatives broke with their party as part of an effort to create pressure on leaders to stop an unrelated effort to bring immigration legislation to a vote.

Democrats had also opposed the farm bill because of new work requirements that would be imposed on food-stamp recipients. As a result, Republican leaders needed most Republicans to stay on board for the bill to pass.

The bill would provide crop insurance and offers payments to farmers when prices or revenues drop below set levels for major commodities like wheat and corn. It also funds programs to help low-income people pay for groceries.

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