House Passes Split Farm Bill 12 Jul 13

The Republican-controlled US House passed a pared-down Farm Bill Thursday afternoon which makes no changes to food stamps, postponing that fight until later. Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson says he sees no clear path forward, because there are no assurances of negotiations with the Senate anytime soon. Republican leaders convinced their members that a Farm Bill without contentious food stamp provisions was the best way to get a bill passed and avoid a repeat of the legislation’s defeat in June. Southern Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz voted against the split Farm Bill on Thursday after denouncing it as “Partisan” and “Broken.”