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Politijax - After Talking About his Time on Food Stamps, Ted Yoho 'Extremely Disappointed' House Rejected Farm Bill

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By Matt Dixon

After putting some personal skin in the game, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, a Republican whose district includes 13 rural North Florida counties, said he was "extremely disappointed" the House voted Thursday to kill a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill.

The most contentious aspect to the plan was a proposed $2 billion annual cut to the food stamp program. Republicans opposed to the bill did not think the cuts to the $80 billion-a-year program went far enough; while Democrats who opposed the measure said the cuts went too deep.

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The legislation, which also includes subsidies for farmers, failed on a 234-195 vote, with 62 Republicans in opposition and 24 Democrats in support.

In a floor speech Wednesday, Yoho told the story of the time he and his wife, Carolyn, were on food stamps shortly after getting married at 19-years-old.

"We had to get on food stamps for a short period of time, so I understand the need for those," he said.

In a news release after the vote, Yoho said he thought the cuts to the program were enough to remove "egregious waste" from the system.

"I am extremely disappointed that some of my Republican colleagues did not recognize a conservative movement toward market-based policy and solid welfare reform when they saw it," he said.

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Republican whose district includes St. Johns County, and Jacksonville Democrat Corrine Brown joined 14 members of the Florida delegation voting against the bill. U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, a Jacksonville Republican, supported the measure along with 13 members of the Florida delegation.


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