Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved its version of the farm bill by a vote of 35 to 11. The bill would reduce spending by $35 billion over 10 years, mainly by cutting about $16.5 billion from the food stamps program.
Like the Senate version, the House bill would eliminate direct payments to farmers of traditional crops, replacing these with various crop insurance programs.
The bill now moves to the House floor, where there are just 13 legislative days before the August recess.The House and Senate must reach a compromise before Sept. 30, when the current five-year farm bill, passed in 2008, expires.
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