Afternoon Round-up: Farm Bill Fails Edition

The headlines this afternoon aren’t kind for Republican leadership after GOP division was on full display today when 62 Republicans voted against the GOP farm bill:

Roll Call: Farm Bill Defeated in Blow to Boehner

“The House defeated the farm bill resoundingly on a 195-234 vote Thursday, dealing another blow to Speaker John A. Boehner as he continues to struggle to move legislation opposed by conservative interest groups.”

NBC News: Farm Bill Fails in the House

“The failed vote is somewhat of an embarrassment for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the rest of the GOP leadership. This is just the latest example of their inability to get Republican legislation over the finish line due to conservatives’ defections on the final vote.”

Washington Post: The Failure of the Farm Bill — and Why House Republicans Can’t Be Led

The House Republican conference simply cannot be led. That reality hit home — hard — this afternoon when the House failed to pass a farm bill.”

“…Here’s the simple political reality: The majority party in the House should never — repeat NEVER — lose floor votes on major (or, really, minor) pieces of legislation. Republicans, literally, write the rules governing the debate — and, as the majority, must ensure that even in the worst case scenario that they can get the “yeas” they need from their own side. That didn’t happen as a number of conservatives revolted, believing that the cuts proposed in the bill were insufficient.”

It’s not the first time that the GOP leadership team of House Speaker Eric Cantor (Va.), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) have failed to wrangle conservatives allied with the tea party into line.”

The Hill: House Rejects Farm Bill

In a blow to House GOP leaders, the House on Thursday rejected a five-year farm bill that would have cut $20.5 billion from the federal food stamp program.”

Wall Street Journal: Farm Bill Defeated in House

“In a surprising outcome, House lawmakers defeated a major farm-policy bill Thursday afternoon…House Republican leadership aides had expressed confidence in recent days that the bill would pass.”

Washington Post: Farm Bill Fails in the House

The House on Thursday voted against the farm bill, handing it a surprising defeat… The Senate version of the farm bill passed last week, with 66 senators voting in favor and 27 senators voting against it. The House bill was not the same.”