Farm Bill’s Defeat Marks Setback for Paul Ryan

Farm Bill’s Defeat Marks Setback for Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON—The House’s defeat of a sweeping farm bill is a major rebuke to House Speaker Paul Ryan that raises questions within his own caucus about his ability to lead it through the midterm elections.

Friday’s collapse of the farm bill, which must be renewed every five years, was triggered by defections by members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of hard-line conservatives who have long been a thorn in Mr. Ryan’s side. They had been provoked by an uncharacteristically aggressive move by centrist Republicans, lawmakers…

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