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U.S.: House farm bill fails amid rebellion over immigration

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U.S.: House farm bill fails amid rebellion over immigration

The U.S. House of Representatives has failed to pass a farm bill, with a group of Republican lawmakers sinking it as they sought a vote on immigration legislation, CNBC reported.

The lower chamber of U.S. Congress killed the US$867 billion bill in a 198 to 213 vote. Thirty House Republicans broke with party leaders to vote against the bill, while all Democrats opposed it.

House Speaker Paul Ryan moved to reconsider the bill, but it is unclear when it would come to the House floor again.

President Donald Trump, who supported the farm bill, is "disappointed" by the result and "hopes the House can resolve any remaining issues," said deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters was quoted as saying in a statement.

The conservative House Freedom Caucus sought assurances that the House would vote on a tough immigration plan in exchange for their votes, but did not get them. 

The legislation to revive farm subsidies also included tougher work and job training requirements for people who receive food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. 

Democrats opposed the measure, as they warned the requirements could push as many as two million people off food stamps.

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