Freedom Caucus members will not support the farm bill until after a vote on immigration, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said today, signaling that the bill will not have the votes to pass.
The coalition of conservative members has been withholding support for the farm bill unless a controversial immigration bill from Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is called to the floor. Meadows said the caucus is looking to postpone the farm bill vote until an immigration bill is considered.
"The vast majority of our members believe we should have a vote on immigration before the farm bill,” the North Carolina Republican said.
The caucus, which is crucial if leadership wants to pass a farm bill with only GOP support, met for nearly an hour this afternoon to discuss the plan.
“At this point there’s not enough votes to pass the farm bill,” he said.