Farm Bill Passes

The House has passed an almost $100 billion-a-year, compromise farm bill that would make small cuts to food stamps and continue generous subsidies for the nation's farmers.

The vote was 251-166. The five-year bill now goes to the Senate, which is expected to send it to the president's desk.

First District Congressman Tim Walz, who voted in favor of the bill, said the bill saves taxpayers approximately $23 billion, creates jobs, works to help new farmers fulfill their dreams of working the land, conserves critical wildlife and hunting habitat, and gives producers certainty to make long-term planning decisions.

The legislation would continue to heavily subsidize major crops while eliminating some subsidies and shifting them toward more politically defensible insurance programs.

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