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House Approves Farm Bill, One Step Closer to Presidents Desk

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The long awaited Farm Bill has just passed the House this week, getting it one step closer to the president's desk. ABC Montana's Joe Moeller brings the full report.

In Washington lawmakers have finally came to a deal in the House regarding the Farm Bill, but still has to pass the Senate. 

The bill now changes the subsidy system by ending direct payments to farmers for crops, and replaces with a crop insurance plan. Also in the deal is cotton and rice subsidies and federal land payments in Western States.

The other part of the bill affects SNAP benefits the food assist program,

"Right now for the state we are at about 125,500 Montanans and that is, just to give you an idea of the break down, about 50,000 of those are children." said Jon Ebelt from Department of Human and Health Services. 

Currently SNAP feeds 47 million people and now the bill will cut up to $90 a month to roughly 1.7 million people in the states.

"The SNAP budget is tied into the Farm Bill, we are waiting the final decision that are taking place at the Congressional level, and once that happens then we will receive federal guidance on caring through." said Ebelt.

Local food pantries around the county are reporting an increase in customers since the last cut to food stamps.

The final deal could cost about $100 billion in five years, which is expected to save $2.3 billion per year.

Now from here the five year bill will head to Senate where it is sure to pass, and the White House has already said that President Barack Obama will sign it.

 

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