Already entrenched over the issue, the chamber on Wednesday defeated an amendment from Rep. James P. McGovern, Massachusetts Democrat, by a 234-188 vote, that would have restored the $20 billion in SNAP reductions over the next 10 years by cutting subsidies to farmers.
The Senate cut food stamps less aggressively, shaving off about $400 million a year, or half a percent.
The bill was defeated hours after the House plowed through a slew of amendments, including one that replaced what Mr. Boehner called a “Soviet-style” dairy program with an insurance program that is commonly tied to other farm commodities.
“I appreciate your work,” Mr. Lucas said.
“Yours too,” Mr. Peterson said. “We’ll figure it out.”