Farm bill headed to Trump after landslide House approval

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The House on Wednesday easily passed the compromise farm bill by a vote of 369-47, sending the sweeping agriculture and nutrition measure to President Donald Trump to sign.

“I have all the confidence in the world he’ll sign it,” House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said before the vote.

The overwhelming bipartisan vote for the bill caps an eight-month fight over the legislation, marking a quick turnaround for House and Senate negotiators who were deadlocked in efforts to resolve a dispute over food stamps as recently as a few weeks ago.

House Republicans had sought to impose stricter work requirements on millions of food stamp recipients, a priority for House Speaker Paul Ryan and conservatives that Trump had embraced. But Democrats unanimously opposed the House plan, and Senate leaders also rejected it because overhauling the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — formerly known as food stamps — could not clear the 60-vote threshold required in the Senate.

The compromise bill, H.R. 2 (115), released late Monday night and approved overwhelmingly by the Senate on Tuesday, was stripped of every controversial House GOP proposal on SNAP, thwarting Ryan’s quest to secure a portion of his welfare-reform agenda.

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