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Farm bill heads to president's desk

The nearly $1 trillion bill passed the Senate with a 68-32 vote after passing through the house with a 251-166 vote.
(WFRV) - The nearly $1 trillion bill passed the Senate with a 68-32 vote after passing through the house with a 251-166 vote.

The five-year policy includes what we grow, what you know about your dinner, and how much government spends in the process. It also cuts the Food Stamp program.

Senator Tammy Baldwin voted "yes" today, saying in a released statement: "This compromise isn't perfect, but it is bipartisan legislation that makes important investments in our rural communities, and will help ensure that our agricultural sector continues to fuel our state's economy."

Meanwhile, Senator Ron Johnson voted "no," stating the agricultural act of 2014 is deceptively misnamed. Johnson says in part: "it should be called the food stamp act of 2014, because food stamp spending, or the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, makes up 79%, or $756 billion, of its $956 billion, 10-year total spending.

Local 5 Ag Reporter Mike Austin joined Local 5 News at 4 to talk about the implications of the new bill.
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