Republicans drop food stamps from farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Bruised from the defeat of a massive farm bill last month, Republicans are giving the legislation another chance by bringing up a pared-down version on the House floor Thursday.

GOP leaders were still counting votes on the new measure, which drops the politically sensitive food stamp portion of the bill, as they released the legislation late Wednesday. The White House swiftly issued a veto threat and House Democrats reacted angrily to the last-minute move.

The dropped section would have made a 3 percent cut to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. Many Republicans say that isn’t enough of a reduction after the program’s cost has doubled in the last five years, while Democrats have opposed any cuts.

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