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Boehner says no decision on bringing farm and nutrition bill to the House floor
WASHINGTON (AP) ¯¯¯ House Speaker John Boehner says no decision has been made on House consideration of a five-year, $500-billion farm and nutrition bill that has cleared the Senate and was approved earlier in the day by the House Agriculture Committee with some changes.
The 35-11 vote by the committee added to pressure on House Republican leaders to take a position on the far-reaching bill that will redesign safety nets for food producers and fund the food stamp program now helping feed 46 million Americans.
But GOP leaders have shown little enthusiasm for diverting from their election-year agenda for a bill that could be difficult to pass. GOP conservatives don't like the high cost of the bill and the federal subsidies going to farmers while Democrats are unhappy with proposed food stamp cuts.