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House Passes Version Of Farm Bill

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- The House of Representatives passed a scaled down version of the Farm Bill but one major component wasn't addressed.

Stripping food stamps brought republican house leaders the Farm Bill passage they've been looking for. Thursday, for the first time in 40 years, the house narrowly passed the Farm Bill by abandoning the food stamp program that makes up 80% of its cost.

"We definitely have residents who depend on food stamps to put food on the table for their families," said Nancy Hayward, Ingham County Deputy Health Officer.

The bill co-sponsored by Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, originally aimed to cut billions of dollars worth of spending. It proved to be too much for democrats and not enough for republicans.

Now the house republicans held the victory. "It didn't have that bipartisan feel that a farm bill typically does," said Ryan Findlay, Michigan Farm Bureau.

Stabenow calls yesterday's actions an "insult to rural America." House republicans say they plan to tackle food stamps later, but by simply putting off a fight over food stamp spending, many questions and concerns still remain. This leaves some fearing the future.

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