WASHINGTON, D.C. -

A fight over food stamp spending has been avoided on Capitol Hill, thanks, in large part, to a Virginia delegate.

Today the House passed a scaled-down version of a massive farm bill, giving Republicans a victory after being defeated on the larger bill last month.

GOP leaders scrambled to get enough votes after dropping a politically-sensitive food stamp section of the bill and passing legislation containing only farm programs.

The plan faced opposition from Democrats, farm groups and conservative groups.

House majority leader Eric Cantor of Virginia convinced the House this was the best option, squeezing out a narrow 216-to-208 victory.