The previous post dealt with Immigration, and lo! The Freedom Caucasians have now taken a hostage to try to get their way to deport the Dreamers: they are holding the Farm Bill as hostage!
Take it away, Tiger Beat on the Potomac:
“House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said Thursday his members will not support [the farm bill] until after a vote is held on conservative immigration legislation — a move that could sink leadership hopes of voting on the sweeping agriculture and nutrition bill this week. House GOP leaders maintain lawmakers will still vote on the legislation Friday, despite the threat.
“The Freedom Caucus announcement comes after GOP leaders floated a tentative deal to the group of rabble-rousers. Leaders would put the conservative immigration bill introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on the House floor in June if the Freedom Caucus backed the farm bill.
“Even after the group rejected that offer, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy maintained that he was not pulling the bill from the floor. Senior Republicans are holding out hope that they could reach some sort of accord by Friday.”
Note that the Farm Bill (price supports for crops, etc.) is always counter-balanced with Food Stamps—by design—to get rural and city Representatives to support each other’s constituencies. Over the years more and more rural white people have grown dependent on SNAP, and so the Farm Bill is really important to all demographics.
So congratulations to Mark Meadows and his Freedom Caucasians for taking themselves hostage in an election year. That’s some eleventy-dimensional chess he’s playing.