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Congress eyes the price of milk, election year politics as lawmakers begin farm bill talks
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, October 28, 2013 3:26 AM EDT
The fight over renewing the nation's farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices.
There could be political ramifications, too. The House and Senate are far apart on the sensitive issue of how much money to cut from food stamps, and lawmakers are hoping to resolve that debate before election-year politics set in.
The farm bill sets policy for farm subsidies, food stamps and other rural development projects.