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Farm Bill Passes in U.S. Senate

UNDATED (WHTC) - A five year, half-trillion dollar farm bill that would expand government subsidies for crop insurance, rice and peanuts while making small cuts to food stamp programs made it through the U.S. Senate on Monday by a vote of 66-27.  The legislation would eliminate subsidies that are paid to farmers whether they farm or not and would save about $2.4 billion a year on farm and nutrition programs.  U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, is the Senate Agriculture Chairwoman.  She says, “The bill would support 16 million American jobs and save taxpayers money.”  Next stop for the farm bill is the U.S. House of Representatives where the debate is expected to be much more contentious.

Story by:  Diane E Coston