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GOP tries to split farm bill

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U.S. House Republicans want to remove food stamps from a farm bill, then pass the previously defeated agriculture funding legislation on its own.

The effort that surfaced Tuesday comes against advice from farm-state politicians of both parties and more than 500 farm-related groups.

“This is lunacy, what is going on here,” said Collin Peterson, a western Minnesota congressman and top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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