Obama Signing Farm Bill That Trims Food Stamps

Source: AP / ABC News

President Barack Obama is carrying out a presidential duty that he hasn’t had a lot of opportunity to perform recently: signing into law a major piece of bipartisan legislation.

Obama planned to sign a far-reaching farm bill Friday at Michigan State University, choosing heartland America for a rare celebration of Washington political compromise. The bill expands federal crop insurance and ends direct government payments that go to farmers whether they produce anything or not. But the bulk of its $100 billion per year cost is for the food stamp program that aids 1 in 7 Americans.

The White House says Obama plans to squeeze into his three-hour visit to Michigan a lunch with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, who took office last month. The city is going through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. They will be joined by Obama’s point person on Detroit, Don Graves, senior adviser at the President’s National Economic Council.

Obama has said the farm bill isn’t perfect, but will reduce the deficit “without gutting the vital assistance programs millions of hardworking Americans count on to help put food on the table for their families.”

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