Farm Bill May Face Uphill Battle in House
The road to farm bill passage in the Senate was surprisingly relatively smooth. The path in the House will likely prove a bit more challenging. House Republicans are complaining the Senate bill favors Midwestern crops. Southern lawmakers say the bill's crop insurance and risk management programs aren't as helpful to rice and peanut growers. They are also asking for deeper cuts to the food stamp and crop insurance programs. House Ag Chair Frank Lucas has promised the House version of the farm bill will cut at least 33-billion dollars from the federal deficit - which is 10-billion more than the Senate-passed measure. He says those cuts will come equally from food stamps and commodity programs. On the other side of the aisle - The Washington Times reports Democrats don't want safety net programs cut in the face of unemployment.
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