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Jan 29, 2014 7:26 AM by Associated Press

House to vote on final farm bill, food stamp cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House is rushing to complete work on a nearly $100 billion-a-year farm bill that would make small cuts to food stamps and continue generous subsidies for the nation's farmers.

Conservative Republicans in the House helped defeat an earlier version of the bill last summer, and some of those lawmakers hoped to do so again Wednesday, saying the $800 million in annual cuts to food stamps isn't enough. But the final version has solid backing from the House GOP leadership, even though it makes smaller cuts to food stamps than they would have liked.

Leaders scheduled a quick Wednesday morning vote after the bill was introduced Monday, giving opponents little time to build opposition to the legislation, which is nearly 1,000 pages long.

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