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January 29, 2014

Oklahoma House delegation splits on farm bill

OKLAHOMA CITY —

Oklahoma’s all-Republican House delegation split on a nearly $100 billion-a-year farm bill that passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

U.S. Reps. Tom Cole, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin voted in favor of the measure, which passed on a 251-166 vote. U.S. Reps. Jim Bridenstine and James Lankford voted against the measure.

The farm bill would cut about $800 million a year from the food stamp program and would preserve most crop subsidies.

Lucas serves as House Agriculture Committee chairman and has been working on the farm bill since 2011. He called the compromise a “miracle” after years of setbacks.

Lankford says he opposed the bill because it did not do enough to reform the food stamp program.

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