WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Beverly B. Byron, D-6th, voted in favor of the 1990 farm bill Tuesday.
The Democratic representative, whose district includes Carroll, was one of six members of Maryland's congressional delegation voting for the package.
Only two members of the delegation -- Democrat Kweisi Mfume, D-7th, and Republican Constance Morella, R-8th -- voted no Tuesday.
The House easily approved the compromise five-year bill, 318-102. It is the first step in a two-part process that will slash crop subsidies by 25 percent. Congress later will consider a mammoth $500 billion deficit-reduction measure that cuts farm spending by $13.6 billion from 1991-1995, mainly by reducing the acreage on which farmers can receive crop subsidies.
The House bill still must be debated by the Senate. The legislation continues crop subsidy, export and nutrition programs and creates environmental programs, including a 1 million-acre wetlands reserve and national standards for foods labeled as "organically grown."