Farm Bill passes House, moves on to Senate

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The Farm Bill is taking its next step in the process of approval after being passed by the House.

The Agricultural Act of 2014 was passed on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 with a vote of 251-166, according to the New York Times. It passed by a margin of 42 votes.

The bill approves almost $1 trillion in spending on farm funding and nutrition programs, according to the New York Times. Representatives from the House and Senate worked to compromise on differences like cutting food stamps and placing income caps on farm subsidies before the bill was passed.

The bill cuts the food stamp program and increases financing to food banks.
According to CNN Money it cuts the food stamps program by $8 billion over a ten year period. The bill also ends direct payments to farmers for planting crops and replaces it with an expanded crop insurance program.

The New York Times reported that the bill provides $200 million more to food banks.

Next the bill heads to the Senate for review.