U.S. House rejects farm bill

House Republican leaders were caught off guard as 62 Republicans sided with Democrats to defeat a bill authorizing farm programs for the next five years. Democrats said Republican-backed cuts to food stamps were excessive, while many Republicans who voted against the measure said the cuts should have been bigger. Unless Congress passes a bill this year, farm programs will revert to a 1949 law that is expected to dramatically increase the price of milk and other agricultural products.

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