House votes down motions to instruct on farm bill

The second, from Agriculture Committee ranking member Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), would instruct House negotiators to agree to Senate language that authorizes the commodity and nutrition titles of the bill for five years.

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The House passed two separate bills — its commodity title is authorized for five years, and its nutrition title is authorized for three years. Democrats in particular oppose the idea of splitting the two authorizations, and want to continue considering farm policy and the federal food stamp program as part of the same bill.

But the House rejected Peterson's motion in a 195-204 vote.

The votes came one day after the House voted quickly to go to conference with the Senate on the long-stalled farm bill.