House easily passes long-overdue farm bill; Senate passage expected as early as today
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.
After months of negotiations and criticism from both sides of the political spectrum the measure passed easily, by 251 votes to 166, with 162 Republicans joining 89 Democrats in favor.
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