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House Passes Split Farm Bill

The House passed a version of the Farm Bill (HR 2642) on Thursday, July 11, after splitting out nutrition/feeding programs. The 216-208 vote was strictly along partisan lines. The bill contains 11 of the 12 titles of the original Farm Bill voted down by the House in late June. House leadership removed the nutrition title, which includes the food stamp program (SNAP) and other programs.
The House version includes the Goodlatte-Scott dairy policy proposal, and not the Dairy Security Act approved by the Senate. Commodity, conservation, research, rural development and other titles from the previously considered Farm Bill remain. The bill also repeals 1949 and 1938 “permanent” farm bill laws.
Divided in the House, passage of this version of the Farm Bill was also divided in dairy. Read more ...