On June 20, the farm bill was defeated in the House of Representatives by a vote of 234-195. Sixty-two Republicans joined the majority of Democrats in voting against Red State Socialism. Of course, most Democrats were voting against the bill because of the "cuts" (actually, reductions in the rate of growth) to the food stamp program. Republican opposition to the bill was motivated by opposition to the bill's spending levels, as well as the process under which the bill was considered by the House.
Even though the House leadership allowed a vote on 103 amendments, they refused to allow a vote on many amendments that would have reduced taxpayer subsidies for wealthy agribusinesses and implemented other common-sense reforms to farm programs. I was informed by some of my Capitol Hill sources that Speaker Boehner personally convinced at least one Republican to withdraw his pro-taxpayer amendment. Campaign for Liberty will continue to work against big-spending politicians in both parties and advocate for Real Cuts, Right Now.