Dec 11, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Senate passes $867 billion farm bill

Farmers harvesting corn crop in Tulare, California.

Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images

The Senate has passed a bill reauthorizing farm programs and aid for the next five years with an 87-13 vote, pushing the bill on to the House where it can be authorized as late as this week. The total package will cost $867 billion.

Details: The bill renews food stamp regulations for the next five years despite House Republicans' efforts to add stricter work requirements for recipients. The bill also legalizes industrial hemp. The passage is seen as a victory for farmers in President Trump's base, who have been bogged down by the U.S. trade war with China.

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