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House passes Farm Bill; veto threatened

Jul 12, 2013 6:18 am
Carrie Dann and Frank Thorp at NBC report that House Republicans passed a Farm Bill Thu., July 11, 216-208, with local representative Chris Gibson (Republican of Kinderhook) voting for the bill, and all Democrats and 12 Republicans voting against. This version of the bill cut the funding authorization for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) that was in the already-passed Senate version. The White House is now threatening a veto. First the bill goes to conference committee, and, in a press release, Gibson hoped it would find a middle ground there. "I believe one of three results will come out of the House and Senate Conference. First, we could adopt the level of SNAP spending in the Senate Farm Bill, a level I already supported in Committee. Second, we could reaffirm current policy and make no changes to SNAP. Or, third, we could negotiate a new, bipartisan agreement – somewhere between the Senate level and House Committee-passed level. I am confident we can reach an agreement on a way forward,” Gibson said. Read the full story at NBC News.