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Agriculture committees say the farm bill will save about $23 billion over the next decade, compared with current funding — less than many conservative Republicans had hoped for. The Congressional Budget Office, using a different measurement, has estimated savings of $16.6 billion over that 10-year period. Tribune photo

House easily passes long-overdue farm bill; Senate passage expected as early as today

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a comprehensive farm bill Wednesday that cuts payments for food stamps by about 1 percent and ends a direct subsidy to farmers, while expanding government-backed crop insurance programs.

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