Senate agriculture committee approves farm bill

House Republicans released a new version of the proposed five-year farm bill on Wednesday that cleaves food stamp funding from crop insurance provisions. The proposal would cut $80 billion per year in food stamp funding, an amount which already reprented a three percent cut to current funding levels. Republicans note that food stamp expenditures have doubled in the past five years.

Democrats and the White House oppose separating food stamp provisions from the agriculture portions of the bill, and President Obama promised to veto the House legislation if it is sent to him. A White House statement says the food stamp program is "a cornerstone of our nation's food assistance safety net, and should not be left behind as the rest of the Farm Bill advances."