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King disappointed in Farm Bill's rejection


It's back to the drawing board on the Farm Bill for Congress when they get back from holiday break.

Last month, the U-S House failed to pass the legislation.

The half-trillion dollar, five-year plan was rejected by a vote of 234 to 195.

Many Republicans wanted deeper cuts to the food stamp program, but Democrats opposed the reductions.

Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King says he's disappointed the bipartisan bill didn't pass and says both sides of the aisle will have to compromise on the food stamp program.

"We need to make the reforms on the food stamp side of it so the people that need them get them and the people that abuse it don't," says Congressman Steve King.  "That's the reforms we have written into this bill and that's going to be an open debate between conservative Republicans and Democrats, on the liberal side, often want to expand the dependency class in the country.  That's not the purpose of the food stamps. It's to make sure people don't suffer from hunger and malnutrition," said King.

King expects the House to take up another farm bill before the August break, and he says he'll be working with the Republicans and Democrats who voted no on the first one to pass a new version of the bill.

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