House OKs scaled-down farm bill sans food stamps

Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT
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Farmer Myles Goodrich loads a feed wagon Oct. 16, 2012, at his farm in Danville, Vt. House Republicans strip food stamps from the farm bill in an attempt to get the legislation passed after an embarrassing defeat last month. White House has threatened a veto and Democrats are crying foul. bill had traditionally paired two programs to get bipartisan support but conservatives said original bill did not cut food stamps deep enough. Timing of House vote unclear.

WASHINGTON – Republicans pushed a scaled-down farm bill through the House on Thursday, putting off a fight over food stamp spending and giving GOP leaders a victory after a decisive defeat on the larger bill last month.

Republicans faced significant opposition to the plan from Democrats, farm groups and conservative groups that threatened to use the vote against GOP members in future campaigns. But Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., navigated his colleagues to a narrow 216-208 vote by convincing Republican members that this was the best chance to get the bill passed and erase the embarrassment of the June loss.

Any other path to passage would have most likely included concessions to Democrats who opposed the original bill.

Last month 62 Republicans voted against a broader bill after Boehner and Cantor supported it.

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