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Senate easily passes farm bill 86-11

On Thursday, the Senate passed its $867 billion farm bill with a vote of 86-11, one week after the House passed its own measure with only Republicans voting in favor.

The measure funds everything from crop subsidies to food aid to rural development, and now lawmakers must reconcile the differences between the two bills before sending legislation to President Trump.

In the House, bipartisan negotiations skidded to a stop after Republicans proposed making changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), used by 12 percent of the population. The Senate's bill does not include any sweeping changes to the food stamps program. The current farm bill expires on Sept. 30.