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House passes farm bill, sending it to Trump's desk

The legislation was already passed in the Senate and is now heading to President Trump, who's expected to sign it.
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President Donald Trump walks towards the press while departing the White House December 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid.

The legislation has already passed the Senate and is now headed to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.

The measure is the result of months of negotiations by lawmakers. It does not make any significant changes to the food stamp program that serves nearly 40 million low-income Americans. Trump and conservatives had pushed to create new work requirements for food stamps, but the Senate rejected the idea.

The bill reauthorizes agriculture and conservation programs, funds trade programs, expands support for struggling dairy farmers and legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp. The House vote was 369-47.