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WASHINGTON (MNS) — The House of Representatives Tuesday strongly urged members of a committee working on the final version of the farm bill to accept a broad restoration of food stamp benefits for legal immigrants.
The House and Senate passed different versions of the farm bill and a committee of House and Senate members is trying to resolve differences so that each chamber can approve the same version of the bill. The Senate's version gives more food stamp benefits to legal immigrants, and the House voted 244-171 to instruct its members of the committee to accept that version.
However, the members aren't required to follow the instruction.
‘‘Conferees should heed the word of the majority of the people's representatives and support full restoration (of benefits),'' said Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, in a news release.