WASHINGTON -- The Senate overwhelmingly approved a $290 billion farm bill 81-15 yesterday, despite President Bush's promise to veto it because it provides billions of dollars in subsidies to farmers at a time of record food prices.

The bill, which won passage in the Senate and House this week by veto-proof margins, would funnel more than $200 billion during the next five years for nutritional programs, such as food stamps, school lunches and emergency food assistance.

More than 1 million people in Ohio last year relied on $1.2 billion worth of food stamps every month. The new bill would expand eligibility and make it possible for more people to receive food stamps.

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