House and Senate agree on five-year farm bill

By WEEK Producer

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 12:14 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House is expected to vote Wednesday on a new Farm Bill.

It has $23 billion in cuts over five years, and eliminates direct payments.

Changes in the SNAP program include changing the "heat and eat" provision.

Right now people qualify for food stamps if they get $1 in energy assistance.

If passed, the bill would change that to $20.

The bill also includes a pilot program to require work.

"We know that those skills from performing that work can turn into a job someday. And our goal in this country should not be to put more people on SNAP. It should be to create the economy and to create the jobs to get the Americas off of food stamps," said U.S. Representative Rodney Davis, 13th District (R).

Both house and senate leaders are predicting a swift passage of the bill.

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