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**FILE** Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., left, and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., right, are intercepted by reporters after negotigations on the Farm Bill wrapped up on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. At far right is the House Agriculture Committee Ranking Democrat Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn. 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** Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., left, and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., right, are intercepted by reporters after negotigations on the Farm Bill wrapped up on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. At far right is the House Agriculture Committee Ranking Democrat Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn. 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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Rep. James P. McGovern and other Democrats failed Wednesday to persuade the House Agriculture Committee to reverse its cuts to food-stamp spending. Cost has increased, he argued, "because the economy is in bad shape." (Associated Press)

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Rep. Frank Lucas, Oklahoma Republican, is chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Frank Lucas, Oklahoma Republican, is chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. (Associated Press)