UPDATED: Thur 9:49 AM, Jul 11, 2013
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.
ORIGINAL STORY: Tue 4:29 PM, Jul 09, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A month after suffering an embarrassing defeat, House Republican leaders are considering a new strategy to try to win support for the massive, five-year farm bill: splitting it into two separate measures, one for farm programs and one for food stamps.
It's an attempt to gather support from conservatives who voted against the $100 billion-a-year farm bill, and critics say it could lead to bigger cuts in both farm subsidies and the domestic food aid.
Republicans discussed the strategy in a Tuesday caucus meeting.
Republicans are assessing support for the idea and a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says no decisions have been made on how to revive the bill.
The House rejected the farm bill in June by a vote of 234-195.
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