Long-delayed farm legislation cleared a procedural hurdle on Monday in the U.S. Senate, with passage of the nearly $1 trillion bill expected as early as Tuesday.
The House of Representatives last week easily passed the sweeping measure that trims food-stamp funding for the poor, expands federal crop insurance, consolidates agricultural conservation programs and ends direct payments to farmers.
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The White House has said President Barack Obama will sign the bill into law.
(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Peter Cooney)