Fri Jun 21, 2013 AT 6:09 AM EDT
The House has rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them, according to the AP. The Washington Post reports the final tally: 195-234. This was unexpected, as farm bills historically sail through Congress without much fuss. Most Democrats voted against the bill because it cut food stamp programs by more than $20 billion. 62 Republicans voted no, but for a different reason. TheHill reports they said it was too expensive a bill to pass when the country has $17 trillion in debt.