Rep. Israel Votes Against Farm Bill, Bemoans Failure of Farm Bill

by Will Allen

Appearing on MSNBC’s Hardball With Chris Matthews, Representative Steve Israel (D., N.Y.) expressed incredulity at yesterday’s defeat of the omnibus agriculture bill in the GOP-led House: “We had a — what should have been a — noncontroversial farm bill, that should’ve passed with a bipartisan majority. They [Republicans] managed to take a bipartisan farm bill and turn it into a partisan mess that failed. I cannot imagine what they’re going to do with a controversial immigration bill!” The New York Democrat, who chairs his party’s congressional campaign committee, voted against the bill.

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