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Washington Beat: Obama Signs Farm Bill Into Law

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After two years of congressional bickering, President Barack Obama finally signed a farm bill into law Friday.

The measure ends the controversial farm subsidies, and replaces it, in part, with a crop insurance program.

The bill also cuts about $8 billion from food stamps, far lower than the $40 billion in cuts Republican lawmakers wanted.

After touring a manufacturing plant and a college campus, the president addressed a crowd of supporters in East Lansing, Mich. on Friday.

He said that more can be accomplished once Congress ends what he calls the cycle of obstruction and political gridlock.

"It's a good sign that Democrats and Republicans in Congress were able to come through with this bill, break the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven partisan decision making and actually get this stuff done," he said. "It's a good sign."

The president said that though it's not perfect, the bill will keep children from going hungry and protect vulnerable Americans.

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