The way forward is murky for the bill, since the Senate already passed a farm bill including both farms and food and isn't likely to agree to strip out the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in conference:
When asked by reporters how House passage of the controversial proposal might lead to a new farm law, Boehner was vague.In other words, that what they passed won't pass the Senate or get the president's signature is not the issue. This is about John Boehner, and his need to show he could get the House Republicans he ostensibly leads to pass something, anything, to make up for his farm bill failure last month. And he barely got it through: The 216-208 vote was only good enough for passage because some Republicans were absent.
“My goal right now is to get the farm bill passed,” he said. “We'll get to those issues later.”
Still, voting to screw poor people and saving face for Boehner is apparently reason enough for House Republicans to cheer.