House narrowly passes farm bill after failure to launch last month

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The House is set to vote on a package of bills on September 8th, 2017 that has support from unlikely bedfellows — President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats — but the proposal faces sharp resistance from conservatives.

The House of Representatives narrowly approved a massive, five-year farm bill Thursday, a little more than a month after conservatives helped tank the bill out of frustration over a separate fight on immigration.

The vote was 213-211.

After weeks of negotiations resulting in an agreement on two immigration votes, which are also taking place this week, the House made another attempt at passage. This time enough Republicans were on board to pass the farm bill, as it was already clear Democrats would roundly reject it.

The vast majority of the bill’s funding addresses food stamps, more formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The agriculture committee reformed the program to add more work and training requirements for those who receive benefits — the main reason why Democrats opposed the measure.

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