>> Republicans in Congress are fighting each other over immigration, and that battle is now threatening one of the top items on the GOP agenda. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Republicans in the House of Representatives have come up short in their effort to pass a massive farm subsidy bill.
Requiring people who are on food stamps to find work. The reason has every thing to do with fact that conservatives and moderates can't agree when it comes to immigration. Now immigration of course is one of the signature issues that propelled president Trump to the White House but now it's sabotaging his party's other efforts.
The House hope to pass the food stamp measure this week, part of an $867 billion dollar agriculture bill. It would require millions of poor Americans to work at least 20 hours a week or sign up for job training if they wanna get help with their grocery bills.>> Where if you are able to work, you should work to get the benefits.
And if you can't work, we'll help you get the training you need.>> Democrats hate that idea, but so do many House Conservatives who don't wanna create a vast new job training bureaucracy. And here is where immigration suddenly enters the picture. House Conservative Mark Meadows and lawmakers in his powerful Freedom Caucus are trying to cut a deal with Ryan.
Saying they'll only vote for the farm bill if Ryan also allows a vote on a hard line immigration bill. They wanna pull in the reigns on legal immigrations.>> This as Republican center has pushed for a separate immigration bill that would protect millions of young immigrants known as dreamers from deportation.
Ryan says, neither of these bills stands a chance of becoming law, but now his farm bill has suffered the same fate at least for now. That's because Conservatives followed through on their threat, siding with Democrats to vote against the farm bill which failed by a vote of 198 to 213.
Now Republicans are coming up empty-handed on immigration and food stamps. That could be a liability when they face voters this fall.>> Thank you, Mr. Chairman.