Rural lawmakers push for farm bill votes in House

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 | Finance News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farm-state lawmakers are scrambling to win bipartisan votes for a five year, half-trillion dollar farm bill on the House floor this week.

The legislation would cut $2 billion a year from food stamps while raising subsidies for several crops. Though it has support from rural lawmakers across the political spectrum, it is unclear whether Republicans will be able to gather the votes they need to pass the bill.

Many Republicans are seeking bigger cuts in the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program, and they say they'll vote against the measure. Democratic support is equally shaky, with liberals rallying against the food stamp cuts in the bill. The White House has threatened a veto, saying more money should be cut from farm subsidies and less from food stamps.