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House Approves Big Farm Bill

(Washington, DC) -- A sweeping farm bill is on its way to the Senate after passage by the House. The vote was 251-166 The long-delayed legislation funds agricultural programs for five years.

The bipartisan measure cuts more than 20-billion dollars in agriculture programs and slashes federal food stamp programs by about one-percent.   Some House conservatives wanted to make much deeper cuts in food stamps.

It eliminates some farm subsidies but preserves other subsidy programs. The measure was held up for a couple of years in disputes over subsidies, dairy pricing, crop insurance and the food stamp programs.