House Republican leaders have opted to drop food stamps from the massive, half-trillion-dollar farm bill and are expected to vote on the farm-only portion of the legislation later this week, a GOP leadership aide told Roll Call.
The food stamp portion of the bill would be voted on separately at another time.
Food stamps have long been a point of contention within the bill, which the House failed to pass last month.
Despite protest from Democrats, the House GOP added an amendment to the farm bill that would give states the right to drug test food stamp applicants. House Republicans also want deeper cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, while Democrats want more funding.
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