House votes down controversial farm bill in surprise vote
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]