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Debate on Senate Farm Bill Underway, PIA Opposes Amendments

Initial debate on the Senate Farm Bill (S.3240) is underway and 90 amendments already have been submitted
June 12, 2012

Initial debate on the Senate Farm Bill (S.3240) is underway and 90 amendments already have been submitted. These include an amendment from U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that would allow only farmers with average adjusted gross income up to $750,000 to receive crop insurance premium subsidies and prevent those with delinquent tax debt from receiving subsidies. The House Agriculture Committee could take up the House version of the bill in the coming week.

On June 11, PIA signed on to a letter to Senators opposing several of the amendments. Specifically, we urge that Senators reject the Gillibrand Amendment #2156, the Coburn-Durbin Amendment #2186, the Shaheen Amendment #2201, the Cardin Amendment #2219, and similar amendments.

“[T]hese amendments would undercut farmer participation in and private sector delivery of crop insurance at a time when the underlying legislation points to crop insurance as the alternative to traditional farm policies that are being cut by more than $19 billion,” the letter states. “On behalf of the agents we represent and the farmers they serve, we urge you to reject these harmful amendments.”

See PIA's farm bill letter to Senators: Letter to Senators on Crop Amendments (PIA 6/11/12)

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