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Ruppersberger: Farm Bill vote broke my heart

Ruppersberger: Farm Bill vote broke my heart

There are tough votes, and then there are votes that break your heart.

My vote yesterday in support of a procedural rule to advance what’s known as the Farm Bill was one that broke my heart. That’s because members of the Republican Party’s most conservative wing — with the approval of House Speaker Paul Ryan — snuck in a last-minute provision that would make it harder for Congress to end U.S. support of the Saudi coalition at war with Yemen. A war that is causing unspeakable suffering for the innocent people of Yemen.

The first question I got after the vote was this: What does the Farm Bill have to do with Yemen? The answer is “nothing.” But this is what you get when poison...

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