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Special Update: House Passes Farm Bill


Farm Bill Passes in House, Sent to Senate for Final Approval
After three years of negotiations, the United States House of Representatives approved a $956,400,000,000 farm bill today. The measure passed 251 to 166. The legislation makes significant changes to the nation's farm support programs, and cuts billions of dollars in federal food stamp aid.

This Friday, the Senate is expected to give final approval to the bill. If this occurs, it will, then, be sent to the White House to be signed into law.

The bill authorizes the end of direct government payments made to farmers, revamps and consolidates dozens of federal conservation programs, tweaks several subsidy programs for the nation's crops, and cuts billions of dollars in federal food stamp money. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the measure is expected to cut federal spending by $16 billion over the next decade.