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House Passes Farm Bill

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House lawmakers approved a scaled-back version of the farm bill Thursday.

| July 15, 2013

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers approved a scaled-back version of the farm bill Thursday after stripping out the popular food-stamp program used by 48 million Americans.

The bill narrowly passed on a 216-208 vote, largely along party lines. A dozen Republicans voted against the measure while no Democrats voted in favor.

The measure focuses solely on farm programs and would delay, at least for now, efforts to overhaul the country's food-stamp program that traditionally has made up 80% of spending in the bill.

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Source: USA Today
 

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