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UPDATED 6:39 AM PT — Mon. May 14, 2018

Republican members of Congress scramble for votes in favor of a controversial farm bill, otherwise known as the 2018 Agriculture and Nutrition Act.

The bill is a top priority for retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan, and is scheduled to hit the floor for debate and a possible vote this week.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, joined from left by Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Rep. John Faso, R-N.Y., discusses the farm bill, officially known as the 2018 Agriculture and Nutrition Act, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 12, 2018. The bulk of the bill’s spending goes toward funding SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

So far, more than 100 amendments have been made to a previous version of the bill.

The legislation would authorize several food programs set to expire later this year, and would also impose stricter work requirements for millions of food stamp recipients.

Under the measure all able-bodied adults younger than 60 would be required to work in a training program for at least 20 hours per week to qualify for assistance.

Many moderate Republicans oppose the measures.

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