Senate Passes Farm Bill, Sends to President

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has given its final approval to a sweeping five-year farm bill. The bill provides a financial cushion for farmers who face unpredictable weather and market conditions.

But the bulk of its nearly $100 billion-a-year cost is for the food stamp program, which aids 1 in 7 Americans. The legislation does cut the food stamp program about 1 percent.

The Senate vote sends the measure to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it.