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Farm bill benefits many, from farmers to rural citizens to food stamp recipients

WASHINGTON - It isn't just farmers who will benefit from the sweeping farm bill that Congress has sent President Barack Obama. There's also help for rural towns, grocery stores in low-income areas and, most notably, the nation's 47 million food stamp recipients. After years of setbacks, the Senate passed the nearly $100 billion-a-year measure Tuesday on a 62-38 vote. The White House said the president will sign the bill Friday in Michigan, home state of Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow.

US Congress passes huge farm bill reforming agro subsidies

The US Congress passed a massive, long-overdue bill Tuesday that overhauls agriculture policy, including halting direct payments to farmers. The five-year $956.4 billion measure, which also reforms the food stamp program for the poor to save $8 billion, marks a rare point of cooperation among bitterly divided lawmakers. It passed the Senate 68-32, with broad bipartisan support after easily clearing the House of Representatives last week.

US Congress passes huge farm bill reforming agro subsidies

The US Congress passed a massive, long-overdue bill Tuesday that overhauls agriculture policy, including halting direct payments to farmers. The five-year $956.4 billion measure, which also reforms the food stamp program for the poor to save $8 billion, marks a rare point of cooperation among bitterly divided lawmakers. It passed the Senate 68-32, with broad bipartisan support after easily clearing the House of Representatives last week.

5 things to know about the massive farm bill that could become law this week

WASHINGTON - Cuts to food stamps, continued subsidies to farmers and victories for animal rights advocates. The massive, five-year farm bill heading toward final passage this week has broad implications for just about every American, from the foods we eat to what we pay for them. Support for farmers through the subsidies included in the legislation helps determine the price of food and what is available. And money for food stamps helps the neediest Americans who might otherwise go hungry.

Bipartisan support expected to carry nearly $100-billion-a-year farm bill through Senate

WASHINGTON - Support from Democrats and Republicans in the Senate is expected to overcome liberal as well as conservative criticism of a massive five-year farm bill that spends nearly $100 billion a year on food stamps and crop subsidies. "The Senate has twice passed the farm bill with overwhelming bipartisan support," said Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. "I have no doubt we'll do it again."

Bipartisan support expected to carry nearly $100-billion-a-year farm bill through Senate

WASHINGTON - Support from Democrats and Republicans in the Senate is expected to overcome liberal as well as conservative criticism of a massive five-year farm bill that spends nearly $100 billion a year on food stamps and crop subsidies. "The Senate has twice passed the farm bill with overwhelming bipartisan support," said Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. "I have no doubt we'll do it again."

House passes wide-ranging farm bill, modest cuts in food stamp program, crop subsidies saved

WASHINGTON - After more than two years of partisan squabbles over food and farm policy, the House passed and sent to the Senate Wednesday an almost $100 billion-a-year, compromise farm bill containing a small cut in food stamps and preserving most crop subsidies. White House spokesman Jay Carney said shortly after the vote that President Barack Obama would sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

US House passes huge farm bill reforming subsidies

The US House approved a five-year, nearly $1 trillion farm bill Wednesday reforming the federal government's crop subsidy system but cutting food stamps to pare the deficit. The mammoth bill, which has been some three years in the making and endured more than one collapse in negotiations in 2013, enjoyed bipartisan support in passing 251-166. It now heads to the Senate where it could be voted on as early as Friday. It is expected to pass. The White House said Wednesday that President Barack Obama would sign the 959-page bill should it reach his desk.

House, Senate leaders see swift passage of US farm bill

By Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees are optimistic that the long-overdue U.S. farm bill will pass, although the House of Representatives vote set for Wednesday could be the more difficult hurdle. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said on a conference call with reporters on Tuesday that there are a number of House members - both liberal and conservative - who are opposed to sprawling legislation unveiled on Monday by congressional negotiators.

Stopgap farm bill passes U.S. House, averts 'dairy cliff'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a stopgap farm measure on Thursday to avert a potential doubling in dairy prices next month while lawmakers wrap up a new farm bill that cuts food stamps for the poor and expands subsidized crop insurance. Lawmakers passed the bill, which extends current law until January 31, on a voice vote and sent it to the Senate, where the Democratic leaders oppose it and chances of passage are low.
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