House Farm Bill Fails (Video)
On June 20, 2013, the House brought a farm bill to the floor for a vote, but failed to pass the legislation. This was the first time that a farm bill has ever failed in the House. The bill included over $20 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and $2.5 billion in cuts to international food aid.
David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, and Christine Ashley, a policy analyst at Bread for the World, share insight about this surprising situation and the role of advocacy in preventing passage of a bad bill.