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GOP in House might defect on farm bill

GOP in House might defect on farm bill

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WASHINGTON - A multibillion-dollar farm bill already facing a White House veto threat ran into new challenges before Thursday's debate in the full House. Farm-state Republicans threatened to defect from the measure in a spat over taxes.

Just hours after the White House said the bill failed to cut growers' subsidies enough, Republicans said they would withdraw support if Democrats pressed ahead with plans to include a tax increase.

A proposal to tax certain foreign-owned companies with U.S. subsidiaries would pay for $4 billion in food stamps and other nutrition programs.

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