U.S. House approves farm bill without food stamp aid

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 3:24pm

The U.S. House approved revised legislation on Thursday to overhaul the nation's farm programs -- one that doesn't include an extension of food stamps.

The farm bill vote in the Republican-controlled chamber fell along party lines, 216-208, and the next step would be joint House-Senate negotiations to hammer out a compromise version.

But it is unclear whether such a conference committee will be established.

The Democratic-led Senate previously passed its own version of the measure that included renewed food stamp assistance for low-income Americans.

The White House has threatened to veto the House version. House leaders plan to vote on separate legislation covering food stamps at a later date.

Normally, the farm bill covers agriculture programs and subsidies as well as food stamps, which account for much of the legislation's cost.


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