U.S. House Passes Farm Bill Without Food Assistance Program

Posted at: 07/12/2013 8:18 PM
Updated at: 07/12/2013 9:08 PM
By: Laura Lee

(ABC 6 News) -- There is concern among some Minnesota lawmakers about a scaled down version of the farm bill.

The U.S. House passed a version Thursday that does not include the food assistance program. That portion includes school lunches, elderly meals and food stamps.

Republicans say they'll discuss food stamps later in a separate bill. However, food stamps have been a part of farm bills since the 1970s and with food prices skyrocketing republicans are trying to scale back on the program and provide for only those who truly need them.

Democratic Congressman Tim Walz says it's impossible to separate the two.

"So this coalition that has worked so well that has provided more food than any place in the world's history, that has produced a cleaning up of our lakes streams and air, that as produced great economic growth, that has produced great research, is all under threat," he says.

The senate version of the bill that also passed does include the food stamp program and had Republican support.

President Obama has threatened to veto any measure that leaves food stamps out.