Debbie Stabenow

Senate passes sweeping farm bill by wide margin, setting up fight with House

The Senate passed its version of the $428-billion farm bill Thursday, setting up a bitter fight against the House over food stamps, farm subsidies and conservation funding.

The vote was 86-11, an overwhelming majority that reflected a bipartisan desire to rush relief to farmers confronting low food prices, rising suicide rates and an array of other troubles. But the lopsided vote belied the challenges that may await when lawmakers meet later this summer to reconcile the gaping differences between the House and Senate bills.

Chief among these: The House version of the legislation, passed narrowly last week with no Democratic support, imposes strict new work requirements on many...

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