A Farm Bill without Food Assistance

Earlier, I mentioned the long-standing rural-urban "partnership" that has held together the farm subsidy and food stamp portions of the farm bill.  At the time, I said:

Although I realize it is probably politically infeasible (although perhaps less so given recent developments), it would seem to make some sense to me to separate the components of the farm bill and see if they can stand on their own.  Those advocating for food-stamp spending should make their case and put the money over in the Department of Health and Human Services.  Those advocating for farm supports should make arguments with merits that stand on their own grounds.  

It appears that the House agricultural committee has done just that.  The revised bill is very similar to what it was before - but missing the Nutrition Title (which is by far the largest budgetary component).

The revised bill is currently being debated on the House floor, and perhaps not surprisingly, the change is being opposed by supporters of food stamps.  It will be interesting to see how it pans out.