House defies Obama, passes farm bill without food stamps

WASHINGTON Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:59pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives defied a White House veto threat and passed a farm bill on Thursday that expands the taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance system but abandons food stamps for the poor.

Republican leaders said food stamps, traditionally part of the farm bill, would be handled later and that, for now, they needed a vehicle to begin negotiations with the Senate over a compromise bill. Democrats said the real intent was to isolate food stamps for large cuts in funding.

(Reporting By Charles Abbott)

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TheNewWorld wrote:
Food stamps shouldn’t be part of Farm subsidies. Those are two different things.

Jul 11, 2013 3:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CSParty wrote:
Hahahahahahaha! There you go Obummer, let’s see you veto it. If his only reason to veto is because another bill isn’t attached, he will look like a fool. We all know we need cuts in programs, so now they can focus on the food stamps.

Jul 11, 2013 4:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Lowell_Thinks wrote:
The Provider in Chief is desperate to keep the bellies of his voters full.

Jul 11, 2013 4:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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