By Erik Wasson
And it rejected a second McGovern amendment tying food stamp cuts to cutting waste in the crop insurance program.
The cuts in the House farm bill are $16 billion more than included in the Senate Agriculture Committee bill’s $4 billion in cuts. The strong opposition by committee Democrats is a sign that the GOP will not be able to count on a large number of minority votes to pass the farm bill on the floor.
Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) joined with Democrats to oppose conservative attempts to deepen the food stamp cuts, including amendments by Reps. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) and Martha Roby (R-Ala.).