June 20, 2013 / 6:04 PM / 4 years ago

In surprise, US House defeats farm bill with big food stamp cuts

WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) - Republican budget-cutters joined Democratic defenders of food stamps to defeat the $500 billion, five-year farm bill backed by GOP leaders on Thursday.

Agriculture Committee chairman Frank Lucas said there may not be a second chance to write a farm bill this year. Lucas’ bill called for the largest cuts in food stamps in a generation.

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