House GOP leaders look at splitting farm bill

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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