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Smith votes in favor for Farm Bill, which passes House vote

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The farm bill that has cleared the House includes a one-year extension of a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can't tax.

About 1,900 local governments -mostly in the West - received a total of $400 million last year under the program, known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes or PILT.
 
More than three-quarters of the money went to 12 Western states, with the largest shares going to California, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.
 
Lawmakers in the West had howled after the program was omitted from a budget deal approved this month. Rural communities rely on it for basic services such as police and fire protection and road maintenance.

Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith voted in favor of the bill. 

"Nebraska producers have waited for more than three years for a long-term Farm Bill," says Smith. " Policy certainty will help our farmers and ranchers remain competitive and benefit consumers, and the bill contains important reforms to save an estimated $23 billion for hardworking taxpayers."

 
The House approved the farm bill on a 251-166 vote. The Senate is next.

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