House Approves Agriculture-Focused Farm Bill

Posted on: July 12th, 2013 by NADO Admin

On July 11, the U.S. House approved an agriculture-only version of the Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) by a vote of 216 to 208. The House leadership decided to split the farm bill into two parts—removing food stamp and nutrition programs from the bill. The House failed to pass the original farm bill (H.R. 1947) on June 20 by a vote of 195 to 234. The House leadership plans to bring separate legislation to the floor that addresses food stamp and nutrition programs. The path forward for a five-year Farm Bill remains unclear. The differences between the Senate and House-passed Farm Bills are significant and there is no clear indication yet that a conference between the two is likely. Final resolution may come in a potential Omnibus spending bill this fall.

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