WASHINGTON – The house has now passed a scaled-down version of a massive farm bill.
The measure was defeated last month because of proposed deep cuts to the food stamp program.
Oklahoma congressman Frank Lucas wrote the new bill, eliminating a fight over food stamp spending for now.
Now it simply passes legislation that contains only farm programs.
GOP leaders scrambled to get the bill to the floor Thursday; it barely passed by just eight votes.
This is the first time food stamps have not been a part of the farm bill since 1973.
Before the vote, Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said: “If ands and buts were candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas. You’ve heard that before. My goal right now is to get the farm bill passed. We’ll get to those other issues later.”
Democrats denounced the bill, saying it’s an obvious attempt to make large cuts in the food stamp program.