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Peterson predicted a harsh reception for the House bill in any Senate-House conference committee formed to work out differences. The Senate farm bill includes tens of billions of dollars in supplemental food assistance to help feed 46 million poor Americans.
In a statement, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said the House bill “fails to bring together the broad coalition of farm, food and conservation groups’’ that is needed.
The mood in the House chamber Thursday ranged from tense to ugly, with Republicans arguing that a farm bill free of the food stamp program was the only one that could pass and Democrats accusing the GOP of turning its back on the nation’s hungry.
A sense of partisan anger seemed to hang over the representatives until the Republicans finally had their way.
Asked later about the inability to work together, Peterson replied, “This is no different than we’ve looked for the last few months. That’s why everybody hates us.”
Staff writer Kevin Diaz contributed to this report.
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