A group of conservatives belonging to the Freedom Caucus helped defeat a massive farm bill because the leadership failed to offer concrete assurances that a hard line immigration bill would be brought to the floor later this year.
In the end, the conservatives simply didn’t trust the establishment.
Leadership made an offer to the Freedom Caucus that they could pick any date they wanted in June for a floor vote on a hard-line immigration bill crafted by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), according to a source familiar with the discussion.
In the end it, it wasn’t enough. Meadows said his members needed more of a commitment from leadership on the Goodlatte bill.
“It was not fully clear,” Meadows said of the offer from leadership.
Leadership expressed disappointment after the vote, as did President Trump.
“President Donald J. Trump is disappointed in the result of today’s vote in the House of Representatives on the Farm bill, and hopes the House can resolve any remaining issues in order to achieve strong work requirements and support our Nation’s agricultural community,” said White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters.
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