The U.S. House of Representatives on July 11 passed a scaled-down version of the farm bill after separating controversial legislation concerning food stamp programs from the farm bill.

Republican House leaders scrambled to get the farm bill to the floor and gather enough votes after making a decision to drop the politically sensitive food stamp section of the bill.

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The plan faced opposition from Democrats, farm groups and conservative groups. But, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia led his colleagues to a 216-208 vote after convincing Republicans this was the best chance to get the farm bill passed and erase the embarrassment of when it was defeated on June 20. No Democrats voted in favor of the farm bill.