Finally, after 2 years of discussion, fighting, and gridlock, the House of Representatives has passed a Farm Bill earlier today.
The Farm Bill, which was a compromise reached by members of both the House and Senate, was approved by a vote of 251 to 166. The final version of the bill cuts about $800 million a year from food stamps, out of an $80 billion a year program. It also ends direct payments and strengthens the crop insurance program.
The final version of the bill did not include the crucial King Amendment, which would protect farmers from a state unilaterally attempting to set agriculture policy, such as California’s controversial egg laws.
A nice graphic depicting where the money in the Farm Bill actually goes:
You can how each representative voted here.
The bill now moves to the Senate for a vote expected later this week. By all accounts, it should pass easily.