What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Farmers : HR 2646. Farm Bill/Vote to Instruct House Conferees to Include Food Stamps for Legal Immigrants During Conference Committee Negotiations with the Senate.
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HR 2646. Farm Bill/Vote to Instruct House Conferees to Include Food Stamps for Legal Immigrants During Conference Committee Negotiations with the Senate.
house Roll Call 106     Apr 23, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Progressive

The farm bill authorizes a wide range of agricultural programs, and must be reauthorized every few years. Reauthorization was required by 2002, and the House and Senate both passed their own versions. This required a "conference committee" of negotiators from each body to resolve differences and produce a single version of the bill. The Senate version of the bill authorized food stamps for a variety of legal immigrants, but the version that passed the House did not include this provision. Baca (D-CA) moved to instruct the negotiators-"conferees"-from the House to accept this food stamp provision. Progressives approved of this motion, because they approved of the food stamp program and felt there was no reason why it should not apply to needy immigrants as well as citizens. They voted "yes," and the motion to instruct passed by a wide margin, 244-171.

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