House to Vote on Farm Bill Wednesday

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) House Speaker John Boehner is encouraging colleagues to vote Wednesday in favor of a five-year farm bill that would renew federal land payments for Western states, boost money for crop insurance and ease cuts to the food stamp program.

A House plan to make major cuts to food stamps would be scaled back under a bipartisan agreement on a massive farm bill, a near end to a more than two-year fight that has threatened to hurt rural lawmakers in an election year.

The measure announced by the House and Senate Agriculture committees preserves food stamp benefits for most Americans who receive them and continues generous subsidies for farmers.

The compromise was expected to cut food stamps by about $800 million a year, or around 1 percent. The House in September passed legislation cutting 5 percent from the $80 billion-a-year program.

The Democratic-controlled Senate had passed a bill with $400 million in annual food stamp cuts.

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