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Published June 18, 2013, 04:10 PM

House debates five-year farm bill

The U.S. House is debating the five-year farm bill this week. Passage of the new federal farm law centers on some controversial issues. Some in the House want to trim food stamp spending.

The U.S. House is debating the five-year farm bill this week. Passage of the new federal farm law centers on some controversial issues. Some in the House want to trim food stamp spending.

Others say that would hurt the poor. There is also a dispute about whether the bill would subsidize corporate agriculture interests. The federally subsidized crop insurance program is one area where there appears to be widespread agreement on the overhaul. President Obama has threatened to veto the House Bill in its current form. The debate is expected to wrap up this Thursday.

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