News

Senate passes $1 trillion farm bill, trims food stamps

Senate passes $1 trillion farm bill, trims food stamps

Photo: clipart.com

By Eric Beech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate gave final congressional approval on Tuesday to a nearly $1 trillion farm bill that trims food stamps for the poor, expands federal crop insurance and ends direct payments to farmers, and sent it to President Barack Obama for his expected signature.

The Senate voted 68-32 to pass the sweeping bill, which is more than a year overdue after congressional negotiations bogged down on a host of issues, including the size of cuts to the food stamp program.

Last week the House of Representatives passed the legislation by a wide margin.

The White House has said Obama would sign the bill.

The Congressional Budget Office says the $956 billion legislation will save $16.6 billion over 10 years compared to current funding. Using a different scoring, congressional leaders put the savings at $23 billion.

About $8 billion in savings over 10 years comes from cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, which accounts for nearly 80 percent of the bill’s spending. The program provides funds to about 47 million low-income people to buy food.

The food stamp cut was well below the $40 billion reduction advocated by the Republican-led House, but still double the amount originally supported by the Democratic-run Senate.

Recent Headlines

in National

Ex-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting

milwaukee

A prosecutor says he won't file charges against a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man.

in Sports

Monday’s Sports Minute

lebron

Here is a look at some of today's big sports stories, on Monday, Dec. 22.

in National

Cuba’s famed cigars get a foot in door of U.S. market

cigars

Cuban cigars are considered by many as the best in the world.

in Entertainment, National

Obama: Sony hack not an act of war

interview

President Barack Obama says the massive hacking was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism.

in Viral Videos

One-man band entertains Seattle airport passengers

23-overlay2

This guy will brighten the day of even the most beleaguered traveler.