Pelosi: GOP’s Farm Bill Failure Is ‘Major Amateur Hour’

AP

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) slammed Republicans after the chamber voted down their farm bill on Thursday afternoon, calling it “major amateur hour.”

“It’s silly. It’s sad. It’s juvenile. It’s unprofessional. It’s amateur hour,” she told reporters.

Pelosi chastized GOP leaders for blaming the bill’s failure on a lack of Democratic votes, denying their claims that she had promised 40 votes from her conference.

“Absolutely not,” she said.

She said the farm bill’s cuts to food and nutrition programs would have “taken food out of the mouths of babies.”

Update: Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) releases a formal statement blaming Pelosi and Democrats for failing to deliver votes.

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