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Congressman William Lacy Clay

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, had some harsh words for U.S. House Republicans Thursday after they passed a scaled-down farm bill which did not include food stamp spending.

The bill ended a dispute in Washington over renewal of the massive $500 billion agriculture plan.

House members rejected a farm bill June 20 amid divisions over food subsidies and food stamps. The bill had previously passed the Senate.

Thursday’s bill, H.R. 2642, did not renew the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As a result, the bill passed along party lines with no Democrats voting in favor.

“Today, House Republicans voted to increase hunger in America,” Rep. Clay said in a statement. “For four decades, supplemental nutrition has been an integral part of the Farm Bill. Hunger and food insecurity is a real danger for many families who are still struggling to make ends meet.”

The plan also faced opposition from farm groups. Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst told KMOX News last month that SNAP funding should be a part of any farm bill.

The bill was 216-208.

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