House passes food stamp-less Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Republicans pushed a scaled-down farm bill through the House on Thursday, putting off a fight over food stamp spending and giving GOP leaders a victory after a decisive defeat on the larger bill last month.  Republicans faced significant opposition to the plan from Democrats, farm groups and conservative groups that threatened to use the vote against GOP members in future campaigns. But Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., navigated his colleagues to a narrow 216-208 vote by convincing Republican members that this was the best chance to get the bill passed and erase the embarrassment of the June loss.  Last month 62 Republicans voted against a broader bill.  Only 12 Republicans voted against the new measure and no Democrats voted for it.  Republicans said the food stamp part of the legislation would be dealt with separately at a later date.