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June 21, 2018

Update on Votes on Immigration and Farm Bill

The House voted today on conservative immigration legislation, which included President Trump’s four pillar approach to reform. After much back and forth, mainly due to the family separation crisis on the border, the partisan bill failed to garner support of the entire Republican conference and ultimately fell short by a vote of 193-231.

The House plans another immigration vote tomorrow on a “compromise bill,” which would couple $25 billion in border security funding measures with a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million “Dreamers.” It is expected to be a close vote.

Additionally, the House moved their version of the Farm Bill forward on a very tight vote of 213-211. You may have seen in earlier reports that the House Farm Bill received no Democratic support because of aggressive language impacting eligibility for nutrition programs. As a result, all Democrats and 20 Republicans voted against the bill, creating a tight vote. The Senate is likely to vote on their bipartisan version of a Farm Bill next week. The vote in the Senate is expected to move more quickly and without interruption.