Senate Back to Work on Farm Bill
As Congress returned from the Memorial Day recess - the Senate returned to the farm bill debate. Senators voted 72 to 18 for an amendment to develop a crop insurance program for alfalfa. An amendment to increase the amount of international food aid money available for local purchases from 40-million dollars to 60-million dollars passed by voice vote. Following the votes - Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow reiterated the hope to complete the farm bill by the end of the week and said the Senate would resume work on the farm bill after a period of morning business Tuesday.
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