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Senate Advances U.S. Farm Bill Toward Final Vote Tomorrow

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The Senate voted 72-22 to advance a measure to set U.S. agricultural policy, with a vote on final passage scheduled for tomorrow.

The House last week passed the bill, 251-166. The measure would cost $956.4 billion over a decade. President Barack Obama plans to sign the bill, spokesman Jay Carney said last week.

The measure would reduce spending by $16.6 billion over 10 years, with half of that coming from cuts to food stamps, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The legislation is H.R. 2642.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alan Bjerga in Washington at abjerga@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jodi Schneider at jschneider50@bloomberg.net; Jon Morgan at jmorgan97@bloomberg.net

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