House passes farm bill without food stamp measure

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After an embarrassing failure to pass a farm bill last month, House Republicans on Thursday narrowly passed a modified version of the bill that stripped-out funding authorization for food stamps and nutrition programs.

The vote was 216-208, with all Democrats voting against it. Twelve Republicans also voted against the bill.

This time, leaders brought legislation to the floor that did not include language regarding funding authorization for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), earning the ire of Democrats and a veto threat from the White House.

House Democrats worked to create procedural headaches as Republicans scrambled for support on their own side. They forced five procedural votes on the floor, pushing the final vote back by hours.

And those who objected to the removal of the food stamp measure were vocal in their opposition during debate on the floor.

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