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Farm bill passes in House

By Julie Newman
Published On: Jul 11 2013 11:19:12 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 11 2013 12:47:08 PM CDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. -

A fight over food stamp spending has been avoided on Capitol Hill, thanks, in large part, to a Virginia delegate.

Today the House passed a scaled-down version of a massive farm bill, giving Republicans a victory after being defeated on the larger bill last month.

GOP leaders scrambled to get enough votes after dropping a politically-sensitive food stamp section of the bill and passing legislation containing only farm programs.

The plan faced opposition from Democrats, farm groups and conservative groups.

House majority leader Eric Cantor of Virginia convinced the House this was the best option, squeezing out a narrow 216-to-208 victory.