A revolt by conservative Republicans stirred by immigration led to defeat of a massive farm bill in the U.S. House today. It was a break for poor people, if not for Arkansas farmers.

The vote in the Republican-controlled chamber was 198-213. All four Arkansas Republicans voted for the bill, not enough to get legislation vital in this state over the top, even with punitive work requirements for those receiving food stamps that spurred Democratic opposition. As written, the bill would deprive hundreds of thousands of people of food support. Some 30 Republicans voted no because of their push for unrelated immigration legislation.

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