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U.S. House Speaker says Congress will deal with Farm Bill after election


House Speaker John Boehner says Congress will deal with the Farm Bill after the November election.

The new bill will set policy for the next five years. The current one is set to expire on Oct. 1.

The Democratic controlled U.S. Senate passed a bill in June, but the Republican controlled House is sitting on a separate version of the bill.

"We will deal with the Farm Bill after the election. The current situation we face is that we've got people who believe there's not enough reform in the Farm Bill that came out of committee, we've got others who believe there's too much reform in the bill that came out of the committee," Rep. John Boehner said. "And in our opinion, leaving less than 218 votes to pass either an extension or to consider the entire Farm Bill, but when we get back we will deal with the issue of the Farm Bill."

The main controversy on the Farm Bill deals with cuts to the supplemental nutrition assistance program, formerly called food stamps.

The Senate version cuts about $4.5 billion from the program. The House version cuts $16 billion.

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