After hours of testy debate, the House passed the farm policy-only version of its farm bill by a vote of 216-208. No Democrats voted in favor of the bill while 12 Republicans voted against the measure. The bill did not include a nutrition title and it repeals the 1938 and 1949 Act as permanent legislation, replacing it with the new proposed Title 1 language.
Of note, the Administration has signaled it would veto the House bill (HR 2642) should it come across the president's desk. But this has been a typical approach of this administration -- issuing such a threat after it prods the GOP-led House to take action on bills. If a farm bill conference report ever is agreed to, sources say President Obama will sign it into law.