**FILE** Sen. Thad Cochran, Mississippi Republican and ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, looks over documents before a closed-door meeting with other Farm Bill negotiators on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 4, 2013. There is agreement on many parts of the legislation but significant differences remain over funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as food stamps. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. Thad Cochran, Mississippi Republican and ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, looks over documents before a closed-door meeting with other Farm Bill negotiators on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 4, 2013. There is agreement on many parts of the legislation but significant differences remain over funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as food stamps. (Associated Press)