FILE - This Oct. 16, 2012, file photo shows farmer Myles Goodrich loading a feed wagon at his farm in Danville, Vt. House Republicans strip food stamps from the farm bill in an attempt to get the legislation passed after an embarrassing defeat last month. White House has threatened a veto and Democrats are crying foul. bill had traditionally paired two programs to get bipartisan support but conservatives said original bill did not cut food stamps deep enough. Timing of House vote unclear. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
Last Modified: Thursday, July 11, 2013 3:04 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a scaled-down version of a massive farm bill, putting off a fight over food stamp spending and giving Republican leaders a victory after a decisive defeat on the larger bill last month.
The GOP leaders scrambled to get the bill to the floor Thursday and gather enough votes this week after making a decision to drop a politically sensitive food stamp section of the bill and pass legislation that contained only farm programs.
The plan faced opposition from Democrats, farm groups and conservative groups. But Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia navigated his colleagues to a 216-208 vote by convincing Republican members that this was the best chance to get the bill passed and erase the embarrassment of the June defeat.