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Steps Outlined for the Next Farm Bill Vote
USAgNet - 05/23/2018

The farm bill, which failed on the House floor Friday, will get a second vote June 22 after a vote on a conservative immigration bill earlier that week, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said on Monday.

The immigration bill by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas that leaders have scheduled a vote on includes border wall funding, security and enforcement provisions, cuts to legal immigration and a process for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients to obtain three-year renewals of their work permits.

"We're looking at moving the farm bill on June 22 and having the Goodlatte-McCaul bill come up the third week of June," Scalise told reporters.

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, who with roughly a dozen members of his conservative caucus sunk the farm bill Friday because they wanted to vote on the immigration bill first, said that the timing Scalise outlined is fine with him so long as the Goodlatte-McCaul bill is brought to the floor under its own rule.

The North Carolina Republican said the reason the Freedom Caucus couldn't accept GOP leaders' offer last week to schedule a vote on the Goodlatte-McCaul bill in June is because leadership wanted to appease moderate Republicans like Rep. Jeff Denham who were pushing for a rule that would have tied that measure to a second one still being negotiated.

House Republican leaders have been negotiating with Denham and other moderates who oppose the Goodlatte-McCaul bill to come up with legislation that they can support and a majority of the Republican Conference can also support.

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