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A Tough Day for Farmers as Lawmakers Look for Cuts

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER and CARL HULSE
The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The House approved large cuts in food aid for the poor and various agriculture programs on Thursday after a steely weeklong debate that pitted Democrats against Republicans, and farm-state members against those within their own party who vehemently oppose certain types of farm aid.

At the same time, the Senate voted 73 to 27 to end tax credits and trade protection that benefit the corn-based ethanol industry, with broad bipartisan backing.

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