U.S. House passes modified version of farm bill

By WEEK Producer

July 11, 2013 Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 11:13 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican members of the U.S. House passed a modified version of the farm bill on Thursday.

The bill, which stripped out funding authorization for food stamps and nutrition programs, passed by a vote of 216-208 with all Democrats voting against it.

Representatives failed to pass a farm bill last month after conservative members voted against it, citing too much government involvement in the agriculture industry.

The White House has threatened to veto the bill passed Thursday due to the lack of language regarding further authorization for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The Illinois Corn Growers Association expressed their disapproval of the bill in a statement calling the decision to split the bill into two separate pieces of legislation “an incredibly short-sighted and self-interested strategy”.

"We are greatly disappointed that, today, we must take a position on farm bill legislation that fails to reflect the nature of how food and farms are interwoven in the lives of every American,” said Illinois Corn Growers Association President Paul Taylor.

Taylor goes on to say that while they urged the Illinois Congressional delegation to approve the bill on Thursday, "Our ask for yes votes from the House today should in no way be construed as approval of the bill's contents or the method by which it came to the floor."

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