World News

Senate Passes Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate has passed a nearly $1 trillion farm bill that expands government-subsidized crop insurance while cutting spending on food stamps.

Monday's vote was 66 to 27. The bill's co-sponsor, Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow, says the measure supports millions of jobs while saving taxpayers billions of dollars through reforms.

The bill makes small cuts in food stamps, which poor Americans use in supermarkets to help pay for groceries. It expands crop insurance, which helps farmers survive when grain prices drop.

The Senate bill also continues the international food aid program.

Next, the House of Representatives will debate its version of the farm bill. Some House conservatives are demanding even deeper cuts to food stamps while liberal members oppose sharp cuts.



After both houses of Congress pass their separate bills, they will then work out the differences in a single bill which, if passed, would go to the president.

Feature Story

VIDEO: VOA's Brian Padden reports why activists say holding Mong Kok is key to the success of their movement, despite confrontations with angry residents, anti-protest groups and police.

Video Hong Kong Protesters Focus on Holding Volatile Mong Kok

Activists say holding Mong Kok is key to their movement's success, despite confrontations with angry residents and police More

Special Reports