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House likely to extend farm bill debate

A U.S. House vote on new federal farm policy may not come until next week.

With 103 amendments to be debated after a late start on Wednesday, it appeared it would be difficult to meet today's 3 p.m. deadline to vote on the nearly $1 trillion bill establishing American farm and nutrition policies.

The House began to examine 53 amendments by Democrats and 50 from Republicans Wednesday afternoon, starting with an argument dealing with a proposed $20 billion cut to food stamp spending over the next 10 years.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., led the attempt to restore the food stamp cuts, which was expected to consume most of the debate. Minnesota Democrats Rick Nolan and Keith Ellison rose to support McGovern, but made no comments.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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