On 21 June the Senate passed a new farm bill, formally the Agricultural Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 costing an estimated $969 billion over the next ten years. The bill passed 64-35 with leadership from Senators Debbie Stabenow and Pat Roberts, demonstrating a rare bipartisan achievement in a particularly partisan political climate. $77 billion of the spending is earmarked for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or more colloquially referred to as food stamps. The total figure would result in a reduction of $23.6 billion from current spending levels, including $4.5 billion from SNAP. Although senators rejected proposals for even deeper cuts, members from both parties are dissatisfied. Some Democrats are unwilling to consider any cuts in funding, whereas many Republicans think the current reduction is insufficient.

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