The U.S. House of Representatives passed a farm bill Thursday afternoon. The House voted down a farm bill last month. The measure was nearly the same, except with the food and nutrition title stripped out. The bill passed by a vote of 216-208. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) voted yes, but he’s not happy.
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“That first farm bill was better than this one because it included all of the titles in an updated farm bill, including the food and nutrition portion, and saved taxpayers $40 billion,” he said. Farm legislation still must pass the Senate, and there will be negotiating involved. Davis says passing this was urgent, because there wasn’t support to pass a one-year extension of the current farm legislation, so if that had expired, federal farm policy would have been governed by laws passed in 1938 and 1949. The Illinois Farm Bureau opposed today’s measure.