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A Farm Bill At Last

Monday, January 27, 2014

House and Senate leaders who have been negotiating the farm bill have finally come to an agreement after years of struggling to get it across the finish line. 

USA Today writes:

The 41 House and Senate lawmakers on the conference committee completed the legislation Monday, with the bill expected to advance to a vote in the full House Wednesday. The Senate could act as soon as next week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday that the farm bill is one of his top priorities…

Final passage of the farm bill would cap a lengthy process that has seen discussions collapse more than once, most recently last summer when the GOP-led House and the Democratic-controlled Senate were far apart on how much to cut food stamps — officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The program is used by an estimated 47.5 million people. The House had been looking for nearly $40 billion in cuts while the Senate targeted $4.5 billion.

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Table Scraps:

Roll Call and Politico report on the final agreement made between farm bill negotiators.

The Los Angeles Times writes on the failure of Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) amendment to make it into the final farm bill.  The amendment would have prevented California from requiring all eggs sold in the state were produced by hens who had enough room to spread their wings. 

Tweet of the Day: @StabenowPress Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Bipartisan Agreement on Final Farm Bill 

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