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House votes down controversial farm bill in surprise vote

By Kay Steiger
Thursday, June 20, 2013 14:08 EDT
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Rep. Lucas (Flickr user  National Milk Producers Federation)
 
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican budget-cutters joined Democratic defenders of food stamps to defeat the $500 billion, five-year farm bill backed by GOP leaders on Thursday.

Agriculture Committee chairman Frank Lucas said there may not be a second chance to write a farm bill this year. Lucas’ bill called for the largest cuts in food stamps in a generation.

(Reporting By Charles Abbott; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

[Photo of Rep. Frank Lucas via Flickr user National Milk Producers Federation]

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
 
 
 
 
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