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Farm Bill Wins Easy Passage in Senate; PIA Advocates for Crop Insurance

Late Monday, June 10, the U.S. Senate easily passed the Farm Bill by a vote of 66-27...
June 12, 2013

Late Monday June 10, the U.S. Senate easily passed the Farm Bill by a vote of 66-27. The five-year, $500 billion bill expands crop insurance and cuts roughly $4 billion (over ten years) to the food stamp program. The Senate bill also creates a shallow-loss program that will compensate farmers for small losses before crop insurance comes into play.

The House may act on its bill as early as next week. As in the past, the most contentious debates will be over food stamps. The House bill proposes a $20 billion cut over ten years to the food stamp program. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who has voted against past Farm Bills, has ensured a vigorous House debate on the issue. Should the House pass its own Farm Bill, both the House and Senate versions will have to be conferenced together and passed again. The current Farm Bill, an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, expires this September. PIA National signed on to a letter to Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urging that the House reject amendments that discourage producer (farmer) participation or undermine private sector delivery of crop insurance.

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